• Work on this briefing will commence in January 2024, with publication expected in spring/summer 2024. We will accept stakeholder contributions until March 2024.
  • More information on how to contribute to POST research is available in our guidance for contributors.

This work would consider the potential cybersecurity implications for technologies related to virtual worlds in which people connect with each other and digital objects (such as virtual and augmented reality). It would seek to define the term ‘metaverse,’ introduce the technologies involved, possibly including the role of AI and cryptocurrencies, and the potential opportunities they present.

The work would also consider potential types of cyber-attack and discuss the possible causes underpinning cyber security challenges. For example, inconsistent security and privacy practices, a lack of consumer protections – especially related to consumers’ data – and challenges for verifying that the people and content encountered in the metaverse are what they appear to be. It would also provide an overview of current legislation and potential implications of the metaverse for regulation, law enforcement, national jurisdiction and cross-border cooperation.

Work on this briefing will commence in January 2024, with publication expected in spring/summer 2024. We will accept stakeholder contributions until March 2024.


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