Known as “abogamer,” Micaela Mantegna is a lawyer specialized in artificial intelligence and video games policy. An advocate for diversity, she is co-founder and board member of Woman In Games Argentina (WIGAr), a female collective working towards a more inclusive industry, and a Women in Games International (WIGJ) Ambassador. Micaela is a leading expert in the emerging field of video game policy, pushing boundaries about the social value of interactive entertainment as a new narrative media of expression and socialization. Her research interests in this area include the use of artificial intelligence in video games, content moderation in gaming environments, streaming as a negative area of intellectual property, monetization practices, and games industry regulatory challenges.
She holds a specialist degree in Computer Law from Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) with a dissertation on algorithmic governance. For her WIPO master's degree in Intellectual Property, she worked on computer creativity, generative adversarial networks (GAN’s) and copyright. She is an affiliate professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation at Universidad de San Andres; the AI Governance and Ethics professor at the Center for Technology and Society (CETyS), and the recipient of the 2017 Google Policy Fellowship by her research on algorithmic governance and ethical AI. Due to her expertise, she was invited by the argentinian government to draft the chapter of AI ethics and regulation for Argentina's national AI Plan.
An experienced public speaker, she has lectured at international conferences such as More Than Just a Game, RightsCon, Internet Freedom Festival; as well as being a correspondent at E3, The Game Awards, GDC and other industry-related events. Not your typical legal scholar, you can find her streaming Magic: The Gathering on Twitch or discussing pop culture and tech policy news on YouTube. As part of her outreach efforts she founded Geekylegal, an initiative focused on engaging people outside academia on topics related to law and tech policy through pop culture. To this date, Geekylegal Podcast has over 57.000 streams. She will spend her time as a Berkman Klein affiliate working on mapping video game policy global trends.