Interpol dives into Web3 with a global police metaverse. The world police organization’s metaverse platform is hosted in INTERPOL’s secure cloud to ensure its neutrality.
Interpol in the metaverse
The Lyon, France-based police announced its foray into the metaverse during a surprise session at INTERPOL’s 90th General Assembly in New Delhi, India.
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The platform allows registered users to tour a virtual replica of the Interpol General Secretariat, regardless of their location.
Users will be able to interact with other officers in 3D avatars and take immersive training courses on forensics and other police work.
“The metaverse has the potential to transform every aspect of our daily lives, with huge implications for law enforcement,” said Madan Oberoi, Interpol’s Executive Director of Technology and Innovation.
Organizers demonstrated the operational capabilities of the global police metaverse platform by allowing General Assembly delegates to digitally enter the Lyon building through avatars, using VR headsets.
Oberoi added, “The virtual reality experience will help police officers around the world better understand the metaverse.”
The organization has also announced the creation of a Metaverse Expert Group to address law enforcement concerns to facilitate the creation of a secure metaverse.
Since becoming a buzzword, the metaverse has been promoted under the banner of virtual gaming experiences. However, Interpol believes it is more than just an industry for gamers.
In a report published earlier this year by Gartner, a quarter of the world’s population is predicted to spend at least an hour in the metaverse working, studying, shopping and socializing.
Interpol is seeking to address a recent spike in international crime, which appears to have shifted to the Internet, as criminals prepare to exploit the metaverse.
“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 Mr. Oberoi. “Only by having these conversations now can we build an effective response.”
Some of the crimes the organization wants to prevent include “crimes against children, data theft, money laundering, financial fraud, counterfeiting, ransomware, phishing and sexual assault and harassment,” Interpol wrote in its blog.
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