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Interpol this week announced what it called the Metaverse for Law Enforcement Worldwide, suggesting lawless virtual universes will not be tolerated.

The Interpol Metaverse is said to be “fully functional” and available from the International Police’s cloud service. To us, it looks like a shared virtual reality space that we connect to using a suitable VR headset. Once inside, you can visit a virtual version of the organization’s headquarters in Lyon, France. You can interact with other cop avatars just like you interact with other cop avatars. Take training courses, such as Learn All About Forensic Investigations.

Police have 3D chat rooms. At least it will save you a trip to France.

A scene in Interpol's metaverse

What Interpol’s HQ looks like in virtual form… yeah, great.Source: Interpol

“The Metaverse has the potential to transform every aspect of our daily lives and have a profound impact on law enforcement,” said Madan Oberoi, Executive Director of Technology and Innovation at Interpol. said in

“For the police to understand the metaverse, they have to experience it.”

This rather means that the officers are more interested in patrols or investigating “poetry”. Facebook’s Meta and other tech giants are reviving the VR craze with software and headsets I’m trying to let All this to allow people to work, shop, and watch ads within his virtual Metaverse shared space.

Ominously, Interpol said it had formed an ‘expert group’ [to] Voice law enforcement concerns on the global stage and ensure VR land is ‘safe by design’. It may be too late for that.

plod’s virtual service was unveiled at the 90th Interpol General Assembly in New Delhi, India. From the launch video, I can assure you that no matter how the metaverse is defined, it’s just a group of people sitting around in business casual attire wearing headsets and pointing thumbs at touch controllers. will be

Will they attend avatar-led classes on airline passenger screening? Or will they arrest criminal gangs for Nike NFT? is.

Scammers have moved phishing and other scams into these reemerging virtual reality spaces, but physical crimes, including sexual assault, also occur virtually in these digital worlds.

Executive Director Jürgen Stock wearing a VR headset during INTERPOL's India session on the Metaverse

Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock wears a VR headset at a meeting of his police organization in India.

Interpol isn’t the only one with concerns. The World Economic Forum launched an initiative to jointly manage the Metaverse with Microsoft, Meta and others at its annual meeting in Davos this year.

With the potential for more people using Metaverse technology, international police expect crime to continue in these fictional spaces. But what counts as a crime in the virtual world? Hate words? Planning a terrorist attack? scam? Some kind of phishing? Should murders in the Metaverse have criminal consequences in the real world?

“By identifying these risks from the start, we can work with our stakeholders to create the necessary governance frameworks to shut down future criminal markets before they are fully formed,” said Oberoi. said. “Only by having these conversations now can we build an effective response.”

In its announcement, Interpol touted the Metaverse’s “many benefits” for law enforcement, including remote networking, training, and “collecting and preserving evidence from crime scenes.” It seems that international organizations are already doing a lot through things like video calls.

But wearing VR goggles might make the game more fun. Or at least like the game. ®