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The XR Association (XRA) is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Bipartisan Policy Center on a new initiative to examine the impact of XR technologies on society.  

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is a nonprofit organization that combines the best ideas from both political parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. Their policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both sides of the political spectrum. 

This new partnership reflects the core of the XR Association’s mission—a fierce commitment to the responsible development and thoughtful advancement of XR that fosters positive societal outcomes. The eighteen-month project will bring together key influencers, stakeholders, and subject matter experts from a variety of fields to consider the promise of virtual, augmented and mixed reality as well as immersive technologies not yet invented. Our collective goal is to improve people’s lives; assess the challenges the technology will face; and ask insightful questions about XR’s impact on privacy, cybersecurity, and social and professional collaboration.

The outcomes of our work with the BPC will inform all three pillars of XRA’s work: leadership, community, and advocacy, and will create value for not only our members, but for the industry as a whole. 

The XR Association strongly believes that through open and constructive dialogue, we can uncover solutions to our industry’s toughest questions and advance the incredible potential of XR technology to enrich society. 

Throughout this project, BPC will convene panels and working groups, which will include representatives from academia, politics and government, civil society, industry, and science. This robust dialogue will be shared with the public, and will provide commentary, reports, white papers, and issue briefs.

Join the Bipartisan Policy Center and the XR Association on

February 24, 2 – 3:15pm EST

for our kick-off event, “The Future of Reality: The Potential Impacts of Virtual and Augmented Reality.”

Featured Participants

Remarks by:

  • Robbie Bach, Board Chairman, BPC
  • Liz Hyman, CEO, XR Association
  • Senator Todd Young (R-IN)
  • Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) 

Panel discussion with:

  • Dr. Jakki Bailey, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin School of Information
  • Michelle Richardson, Director of Privacy and Data, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Owen Larter, Director of Public Policy, Office of Responsible AI, Microsoft

Moderated by:

  • John Soroushian, Associate Director for Corporate Governance and Technology, BPC