How To Police the Metaverse – Interpol is Preparing
Interpol is preparing for its role in policing the metaverse – a digital world projected as an alternative to reality. Jurgen Stock, the organization’s secretary general, believes that Interpol must be ready to address crimes committed in the digital world in order to keep up with advancements in technology.
The metaverse is already being used by some groups to commit crimes, including verbal harassment, assaults, ransomware, counterfeiting, money laundering, and financial fraud. However, some of these crimes fall into legal gray areas and are difficult to define as such in the metaverse.
Dr. Madan Oberoi, Interpol’s executive director of technology and innovation, acknowledges the challenges in determining whether an action constitutes a crime in the metaverse. Interpol needs to be present on metaverse platforms in order to police them effectively, which is why the organization has established its own presence in the metaverse.
Interpol’s metaverse platform also serves as a platform for offering online courses to law enforcement personnel globally and providing a space for them to practice the skills they acquire. This was inaugurated during the 90th General Assembly in New Delhi in October.