How could voting rights be exercised in the Metaverse?

The Metaverse is growing rapidly, influencing sectors such as gaming, entertainment, education and health care. This technology could revolutionize the voting process in the future, enabling citizens to participate in innovative and engaging ways, removing physical barriers and increasing participation.

Voting rights in the Metaverse

The metaverse represents one of the emerging trends in the world of technology, with exponential growth in recent years. According to a study by MarketsandMarkets and EY, the value of the global metaverse market is about $400 billion, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 47.1 percent. The metaverse has had a greater hold in several sectors, including gaming, entertainment, education, and healthcare.

The metaverse: a new frontier for gaming and entertainment

In the gaming industry, the metaverse offers a completely new gaming experience in which users can interact with each other and participate in immersive and social experiences.

Players can interact with each other in an increasingly realistic and immersive virtual environment. Unlike traditional gaming experiences, in which play is limited to a single experience or level, the metaverse offers a wide range of ever-changing gaming experiences in which players can interact with each other in a social and collaborative context.

In entertainment, the metaverse is leading to the formation of a new culture that is increasingly pop, immersive and collaborative. For example, the Marshmello virtual music festival in the game Fortnite attracted more than 10 million viewers, demonstrating the potential of the metaverse as a platform for virtual events.

Virtual campuses and immersive learning

Metaverse and education increasingly represent a combination with enormous potential for fostering concentration and learning. Not surprisingly, some universities have created virtual campuses, offering students an immersive and interactive experience and optimizing teaching activities.

Revolution in the health care industry

Finally, in healthcare, the metaverse is an accessible and high-performance technology with multiple uses: from training physicians and treating patients to diagnosing and treating diseases, such as occupational therapy and virtual rehabilitation.

But what if the metaverse, in addition to the sphere of entertainment, education and health care, reinvented the way we vote?

Voting in the Metaverse

In recent years, the concept of Internet voting (iVoting) has been gaining traction, with the potential to revolutionize the way citizens interact with each other and with administrations. The idea of voting in the metaverse could be a next step. In a few years, this technology could innovate the way people participate in the democratic process, providing a 360-degree experience.

The metaverse could open up a new area of civic involvement, allowing citizens to have an active role in their own governance. The concept of voting in the metaverse is still abstract, but the benefits are already intuitable.

First, just as online voting or Internet Voting would allow people to vote from anywhere with an Internet connection, eliminating the need to physically travel to a polling station. This would increase participation in voting and reduce the time and cost required to organize and execute elections. The use of digital identities would ensure that each voter is uniquely identified, preventing any attempt at voter fraud.

In addition, the metaverse would offer animmersive experience, allowing people to interact with the democratic process in a fun and educational way. Voters could explore their local area, view candidate profiles, and even vote in a virtual polling station. This kind of experience could help engage younger generations as well as those with little interest in politics, zeroing in on the problems of abstentionism.

In summary, voting in the metaverse is an exciting prospect, however, the timing is definitely premature and adoption still raises ethical, legal and social issues that will require the collaboration of experts in technology, law and other disciplines to ensure responsible and inclusive use of this new digital frontier.