Interpol unveiled the first-ever “Metaverse” specifically designed for law enforcement worldwide at its ongoing 90th General Assembly in Delhi on Thursday.
The Interpol metaverse allows registered users to take a virtual tour of the headquarters of the General Secretariat in Lyon, France, interact with other officers through their avatars and even take training courses in forensic investigation and other police skills, it said.
The facility is provided via the secure cloud of the global police organization. During an interactive session, General Assembly delegates attending the event were able to tour the Lyon building using virtual reality headsets.
“For many, the metaverse seems to herald an abstract future, but the issues it raises are the ones that have always motivated Interpol – helping our member countries fight crime and making the world, virtual or not, safer for those.” that they inhabit,” said Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock.
In a subsequent panel discussion, Interpol also announced the creation of a Metaverse Expert Group to represent law enforcement concerns on the global stage and ensure the new virtual world is inherently secure.
During a live demonstration, experts from Interpol’s Directorate of Capacity Building and Training conducted a training course on travel document verification and passenger screening using their skills in a Metaverse classroom. “Students were then teleported to an airport where they could apply their newly acquired skills at a virtual border point,” Interpol said.
According to Interpol, criminals were already beginning to exploit the virtual world, adding: “The World Economic Forum, which has partnered with Interpol, Meta, Microsoft and others to define and govern the metaverse, has warned that socially engineered Fraud is violent extremism and misinformation could pose particular challenges.”
As the number of Metaverse users increased and technology advanced, the list of possible crimes would likely expand and potentially include crimes against children, data theft, money laundering, financial fraud, counterfeiting, ransomware, phishing, and sexual assault and harassment. For law enforcement, Interpol said, some of the threats would likely pose significant challenges because not all acts that are considered criminals in the physical world are treated as crimes when committed in the virtual world.
“By identifying these risks early on, we can work with stakeholders to shape the necessary governance frameworks and cut off future criminal markets before they are fully formed,” said Madan Oberoi, Interpol’s executive director for technology and innovation. He said the Metaverse has the potential to transform every aspect of daily life with huge implications for law enforcement.