Digital Identity and Authentication in the Metaverse

Digital Identity

As our worlds have gone digital, we have started maintaining two identities- a physical identity and a virtual identity for the digital world. 

Our intertwining between the physical and digital worlds will diminish as the two worlds blend more to offer an expanded world.

The Metaverse is trending and generating much interest amongst corporations and educational institutes. In the metaverse mall, users can shop at a mall. Likewise, in a metaverse school, students can conduct experiments in a VR lab. 

The metaverse is an immersive virtual space where any real-world interactions can be carried out with people who are not in the same physical space as you. 

The metaverse is expanding as more and more applications emerge. Backed by a host of technologies like blockchain, AI, IoT, AR and VR, the metaverse is in a state of constant flux. As more users access the metaverse via their avatars, being sure of these virtual people is important. 

However, our digital identity is our avatar. With the metaverse’s new social and business dynamics, it is essential to have a verifiable virtual identification process. Else, how would we know someone by their avatar? 

Let’s see how the process of virtual identification will work in the metaverse. 

Physical and Virtual Identities 

Our physical identity is inherent to all of us as humans. We are born in a certain family, live at a certain place, attend school, form social connections etc. We also have our unique identity documentation verified by government agencies. In the physical world, others are aware of us, and we can take steps to confirm the identity of others. 

In the metaverse, users will access it as their digital representatives or avatars. We will have to believe those who say them are- this raises some fundamental questions. How do we trust these avatars? How do we remain, humans if we interact more in the virtual world? 

As humans traverse the new dimensions of the metaverse, issues of digital identity, trust and privacy concerns come to the fore. If businesses, individuals and children are to study in the metaverse, the safety and protection of our identity is a must. 

NFT- Avatars in the Metaverse 

NFTs are built upon blockchain technology. They are an effective solution and verifiable source for digital identity. An NFT is a unique and non-replicable item. They are an extremely crucial element in the metaverse. NFTs offer proof of ownership of digital assets, and as they rise in demand, they will affect their transactional values. 

NFT-Avatar as Digital Identity 

An NFT – Avatar is a representation of our person in the metaverse. The avatar is unique to its owner and identifiable across the spectrum as exclusively belonging to the owner. 

With the rise in metaverse usage, PFP NFTs or Profile Picture NFTs are becoming increasingly popular. These allow a user to access the two worlds as one being seamless. Users can hop onto different applications via a registration process with a single metaverse account. The metaverse applications will have the right to access the user identity details and configure wallet services to ensure authenticity. As users allow the applications to access their information, it does away with the hassle of registering every time. Based on the identity and information provided, the different applications can choose which services users can access. 

Biometrics and Encryption

– The current biometric market is estimated at a value of $30bn(hackernoon) 

Biometrics uses a person’s features like iris to scan to identify the person. Biometric identification technology is a safe method to access metaverse spaces by using gadgets like VR glasses. It has the potential to be more effective with 3D technology integration. 

End-to-end encryption is a best practice to follow to ensure privacy. Users are assured that the platform is safe and does not misuse or violate their data. Implementing application-layer encrypting enhances data privacy throughout the data lifecycle. Identity and encryption are related elements, and as real-world objects are attainable in the online world, users should be allowed control over their spaces and personal details. 

The metaverse operator should work on a blockchain data system for digital identity, allowing users control over their information. This is something being implemented by EU countries. Applications can check against the blockchain and transmit user information. This enables verification without data misuse. 

Conclusion 

Metaverse investments are rising. As companies invest in the metaverse and expand business and operations, they must assess and protect digital identity, user privacy and data. The identification methods must be uniform and allow seamless interoperability between different platforms and the physical and virtual worlds. 

If you’re keen on building metaverse infrastructure and offering AR VR experiences, connect with Edverse. Edverse is a leading educational metaverse solutions company passionate about the knowledge economy and ensuring a safe metaverse space for the education ecosystem.

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