Since the launch of almost every social media platform, OSINT investigators have had to adapt, and this next development is unlikely to be an exception. The Metaverse remains a somewhat vague concept, yet by looking at Meta’s own expectations for the platform we are able make some predictions.
Just as the business social networking website LinkedIn pushed users to disclose more of their personal information online aside from simply socialising with close friends, the Metaverse may push this boundary even further, potentially creating ways for companies to conduct much of their work in the Metaverse itself.
Moreover, the Metaverse could also blur the lines between OSINT investigators and physical manned surveillance teams. For instance, an investigator could potentially follow the physical movements of a subject’s virtual avatar, and perhaps even track them to a virtual event such as a music concert or gaming tournament. This would allow investigators to assess the physical abilities of a subject, and movements online that mimic real-world movements would provide information into the individual behind the screen.
Ultimately, the Metaverse still primarily remains a nebulous ‘idea’, and here at NetWatch we will be watching any further developments with a keen eye.