NEW DELHI (INDIA) – Metaverse is not for tomorrow. He is already there.
At a surprise session of INTERPOL’s 90th General Assembly in New Delhi, the global police organization unveiled the first metaverse designed specifically for law enforcement agencies around the world.
100% operational, INTERPOL’s metaverse allows registered users to visit a virtual version of INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon without any geographical or physical boundaries, interact with other agents via avatars, and even undergo comprehensive training in forensic and other investigations. police skills.
The INTERPOL Metaverse is accessible via the secure INTERPOL Cloud, which guarantees its neutrality.
During the interactive session, the General Assembly delegates present in New Delhi had the opportunity to enter the premises of Lyon through avatars using virtual reality headsets.
“For many, the metaverse is synonymous with the distant future, but the questions it raises are the ones that have always driven INTERPOL – helping our member countries fight crime and make the world, virtual and real, safer for the people who live there.” , explains Jürgen Stock, Secretary General of INTERPOL.
“We may be entering a new era, but our commitment remains the same. »
At a subsequent roundtable, INTERPOL also announced the creation of a Metaverse expert group to represent law enforcement issues on the global stage and ensure that this new virtual world is secure by design.
The Metaverse is not the prerogative of the players
Far from being a simple gadget reserved for gamers, the metaverse is often considered the next possible stage in the development of the Internet. By 2026, one in four people will spend at least an hour a day in the metaverse to work, study, shop and socialize, according to technology research firm Gartner.
As INTERPOL’s latest report on global crime trends reveals, crime is moving at a global pace and is gradually moving digital. If the boundaries of our real world are increasingly melting into the digital universe (which seems to be breaking free from boundaries), the roundtable questioned itself on the following question: “How do the services responsible for law enforcement continue to protect the population and guarantees the rule of law?”.
How can police deepen their understanding of threats by exploiting opportunities?
Criminals are already starting to exploit the metaverse. The World Economic Forum, which has partnered with INTERPOL, Meta, Microsoft and others in an iinitiative to define and govern the metaversealerted to major threats, such as social engineering fraud, violent extremism and disinformation.
As the number of metaverse users grows and technologies improve, the list of potential violations will continue to grow, including child crime, data theft, money laundering, financial fraud, counterfeiting, ransomware, phishing, sexual assault, and harassment.
Some of these threats are likely to present major problems for law enforcement agencies, as not all acts criminalized in the real world are considered criminal offenses when committed in the virtual world.
“By identifying these risks early, we can work with others to create the necessary governance frameworks and catch future criminal markets early,” said Madan Oberoi, Executive Director of Technology and Innovation at INTERPOL. “It is by discussing these issues now that we can intervene effectively. »
New era, same commitment
Metaverse has many benefits for law enforcement agencies, including remote work, match making, crime scene evidence collection and storage, and training.
Capacity building in the metaverse is very promising, as it increases opportunities for learners to collaborate and connect, and increases the level of engagement through immersive experiences and hands-on exercises.
In a live demonstration, experts from INTERPOL’s Capacity Building and Training Directorate held a training session on travel document verification and passenger screening using INTERPOL in a metaverse classroom. Participants were then teleported to an airport, where they were able to practice their new skills at a virtual border crossing.
“The metaverse could transform every aspect of our daily lives, with huge implications for law enforcement agencies,” says Oberoi.
“Police’s understanding of the metaverse necessarily involves experimentation,” he adds.
Users can visit a virtual version of INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon without any geographical or physical boundaries.
Metaverse has many advantages for law enforcement agencies in terms of removal, networking, and the collection and preservation of evidence from crime scenes.
“We may be entering a new era, but our commitment remains the same,” said Jürgen Stock, Secretary General of INTERPOL.
The INTERPOL Metaverse is now 100% functional and allows officers to interact through avatars.
The police aim to deepen their knowledge of threats by taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the metaverse.
Criminals are already starting to exploit the metaverse.