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Financial Crime in the Metaverse and Reclaiming Assets from Kleptocrats

Where real and unreal worlds collide


Fully on-line event. 6 December, 2022 13:00 GMT - 17:00 GMT (est) GBP50


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And we're done. The Financial Crime Forum Online - the financial crime risks of the metaverse and attacking the assets of kleptocrats has wrapped up with delegates from Africa, the EU, the UK and the USA.

With an introduction from me in Kuala Lumpur, an in depth presentation of how minds are manipulated by criminals by Dr. Richard Claydon in London, an excellent sponsors' presentation by Anton Bidziura of YouControl in Kyiv which specialises in KYC information for CIS and beyond, a detailed look at US law and policy on identifying and securing assets held by kleptocrats from Artie McConnell in New York and finally a genuinely brain-bashing analysis of how artificial intelligence is redefining image generation with massive developments happening in weeks not years and costs falling towards zero from Guido Appenzeller in San Francisco we roamed the world and, in many ways, redefined it.

But we can't redefine the technological future because it's clear that by the time we work out what the future holds, it's already in the past. The pace of change is, quite simply, beyond our comprehension.

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Event Summary

Financial Crime in the Metaverse will examine what the metaverse is, some of the tactics and techniques used to encourage users to remain within a particular provider's ecosystem, the risks that ordinary users face, the potential liability for providers of financial services to metaverse users and an analysis of the tools used to build and maintain the artificial environments that boost retention while disarming the natural caution of the user, making that user susceptible to becoming a victim of financial crime. And it's important not to miss the risk of terrorist recruitment and financial aid in what is, essentially, a lawless and anonymous environment.

Finding, seizing and confiscating the assets of kleptocrats is key to supporting nations where budgets have been plundered by those close to but not necessarily in government.

Who should attend

Financial Crime Risk and Compliance Officers
Law enforcement
Legislators, policy makers and regulators
C-Suite officers in commerce, trade and industry
Risk managers
Insurance underwriters
Computer scientists
Data analysts
On-line marketing practitioners
Customer engagement specialists

6 December, 2022 13:00 GMT


All times are GMT and approximate.

12:55 Platform session opens

13:00 Nigel MC (8 pm Kuala Lumpur)
introduces topics and speakers

13:30 Dr Richard Claydon ( 13:30 London)
Inquisitiveness to habit to addiction: the science of user attraction retention and manipulation.

14:30 Mr Anton Bidziura
International Business Development Officer, YouContrrol. (4:30 pm Kyiv)

15:15 Mr Artie McConnell (10:15 am New York)
Tracing, freezing and confiscating the assets of kleptocrats.

16:00 Mr. Guido Appenzeller (10 am San Francisco)
AI generated images, showing practically how easy it is to generate them, how to detect them, and some areas where these are already being used maliciously

17:00 Wrap
17:10 End. (2.10 am Kuala Lumpur)


This event has now concluded.


Mr Artie McConnell

Tracing, freezing and confiscating the assets of kleptocrats.

Mr McConnell is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York with the National Security and Cybercrime Section. He coordinates the Office’s global export control program and serves as the liaison to Task Force Kleptocapture. As a federal prosecutor, he has handled complex cases of national importance in areas such as financial crime, cybercrime, terrorism, foreign corrupt officials, sanctions evasion and money laundering. During his career, he has tried over 40 cases to verdict.

Dr Richard Claydon

Inquisitiveness to habit to addiction: the science of user attraction retention and manipulation.

Dr. Richard Claydon is the Chief Cognitive Office at EQ Lab, an extended intelligence network designing and delivering training, consulting and advisory on leadership and transformation. His research examines how people in complex environments tend to get attracted to and trapped into unreflectively believing in simple and partial mental models, often to their own detriment, and explores how those with a greater complexity of thinking manage to survive and thrive in similar conditions. He is the designer of the Leadership Module for Macquarie Business School’s future-and-behaviour-focused Global MBA program, currently ranked number one worldwide for student experience by QS Rankings.

Mr. Guido Appenzeller

AI generated images, showing practically how easy it is to generate them, how to detect them, and some areas where these are already being used maliciously
Mr. Guido Appenzeller is currently a Special Adviser at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Previously Guido was CTO of Intel's Data Center Business Unit, Chief Product Officer at Yubico and CTO for Cloud & Networking at VMware. Before VMware, he co-founded Big Switch Networks (acquired by Arista) and Voltage Security (acquired by HP), leading those companies as CEO and CTO respectively. From 2008 to 2010 Guido was a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University. Guido holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and M.S. (Diploma) from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.


We thank the following sponsors for their support

YouControl is a Ukrainian team that creates services for business analysis. We help businesses avoid financial risks and give journalists and public activists a chance to investigate socially important issues.
YouControl main project is an analytical system for compliance, market analysis, business intelligence, and investigation. The system generates a full profile for every company in Ukraine and key info on foreign companies based on open data, tracks changes in state registers, and reveals links between affiliates.

CPD/CPE/Certificate Credits

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