Interpol Launches The First-ever Global Police Force In The Metaverse

Interpol has just launched the first-ever Metaverse designed for law enforcement worldwide, unveiled at the 90th INTERPOL General Assembly in New Delhi.

Allowing Users to do Many Things

INTERPOL Metaverse offers registered users the opportunity to explore a virtual replica of the headquarters of the INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon, France without crossing any physical or geographical boundaries, interact with other officers via avatars, and even participate in immersive training in forensic investigations and other aspects of policing.

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Interpol’s Executive Director of Technology and Innovation,  Madan Oberoi, said, “The metaverse has the potential to transform every aspect of our daily lives with enormous implications for law enforcement.”

Metaverses are being billed as the next version of the Internet where user avatars interact with each other in cyberspace using virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) headsets.

Ensuring The Security

As part of Interpol’s new initiative to ensure “that this new virtual world is secure by design,” the organization will now build an expert group on the metaverse.

It is particularly challenging to enforce laws against harmful behavior in the virtual world,” “because not all acts that are criminalised in the physical world are considered crimes when committed in the virtual world,” the organization said

Criminals have already begun exploiting the Metaverse, according to The World Economic Forum, a partner in the initiative to define and govern the Metaverse, which has collaborated with INTERPOL, Meta, and Microsoft, among others. They warn of potential challenges such as social engineering scams, violent extremism, and misinformation.

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It is predicted that as the number of users of the metaverse increases, more possible crimes will emerge, said Interpol such as  “crimes against children, data theft, money laundering, financial fraud, counterfeiting, ransomware, phishing, and sexual assault and harassment”.

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