Kenya Resists US Pressure Over Worldcoin

The US government has pleaded with Kenya in favor of Worldcoin, a project suspended by the authorities since last year. However, the country has indicated that it remains firm on its decision. This resistance is explained by growing concerns about the cryptocurrency’s security and the protection of user data.

Kenya maintains its position in the face of US pressure

The Secretary to the Cabinet of the Interior of Kenya, Kithure Kindiki, revealed during a parliamentary session that the US government had attempted to persuade Kenyan officials to allow Worldcoin to resume operations, but these overtures were rejected.

Kenya had previously suspended Worldcoin’s activities due to concerns about regarding the security and protection of data collected by the cryptocurrency project.

Kithure Kindiki declared that his government would not yield to American pressure and that no review of the suspension was envisaged, as long as the safety issues raised in August 2023 concerning Worldcoin would not be satisfactorily resolved.

Despite the concerns raised by the Kenyan authorities, the US government has intervened on several occasions in favor of Worldcoin.

When project leaders, Alex Blania and Thomas Scott were briefly arrested on their way out of Kenya, U.S. officials maintained that no action warranted their arrest and offered to make them available to the Kenyan authorities if necessary.

Appearing before a committee of the National Assembly, the Worldcoin CEO, Alex Blania, revealed that before the suspension, the project already had 350,000 users in Kenya, each having received 25 tokens WorldCoin worth $45. He also pointed out that Worldcoin foundation had invested millions of dollars in educational programs across the country before the tokens were issued.

Worldcoin controversies

TheWorldcoin project of Sam Altman aims to revolutionize identity verification by combining iris-scanning technology and the blockchain. However, this approach has given rise to controversy concerning the collection of biometric data in exchange for tokens WLD.

Concerns have been expressed about the security of the data collected, particularly by the co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, who warned that if an Orb manufacturer was malicious or hacked, he would generate an unlimited number of fake iris hashes, and assign them global identifiers.

In response to these concerns, the Worldcoin Foundation has stated that confidentiality and security were top priorities during the construction of the Orb. To ensure transparency, the foundation decided to open-source the essential components of its technology, allowing anyone to examine the Orb eye scanner code.

Kenya’s resistance to U.S. pressure for Worldcoin underscores the seriousness with which the project is being taken. Although Worldcoin aims to revolutionize identity verification, controversy abounds. The Worldcoin Foundation’s transparency efforts, such as the open-sourcing of its Orb technology, could help restore confidence, but it remains to be seen whether this will be enough to allay regulators’ fears.