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Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist and author who coined or popularized the term "virtual reality." He created the first avatars in the 1980's and has contributed extensively to this field. He is a well-known author and speaker and was named by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world.
OII was founded as a department of the University of Oxford in 2001 as an academic center for the study of societal implications of the Internet. Their research faculty, academic visitors and research associates are engaged in a variety of research projects covering social, economic, political, legal, industrial, technical and ethical issues of the Internet in everyday life, governance and democracy, science and learning and shaping the Internet.
AERA is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.
Founded in 1981, AACE is an international, not-for-profit, educational organization with the mission of advancing information technology in education and E-learning research, development, learning and its practical application.