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Kenya leads global interest in Sam Altman’s Worldcoin

By , Kenya Correspondent
22 Feb 2024
Altman's ambitious project at Worldcoin aims to use technology to transform identification verification.
Altman's ambitious project at Worldcoin aims to use technology to transform identification verification.

Global interest in Worldcoin, a cryptocurrency token tied to Sam Altman's groundbreaking digital ID initiative, has skyrocketed in recent days.

According to CoinJournal study based on Google Trends data, Kenya emerged as the hub of enthusiasm. The findings show that Kenyan consumers have a significantly higher degree of curiosity than those in other nations.

Kenya tops the group with a Google Trends score of 100, demonstrating a strong interest in Worldcoin and its related efforts. Portugal is close after at 93, indicating strong interest, while Argentina, Chile, and Spain complete out the top five with varied levels of participation.

“As the crypto market continues to evolve and innovate, initiatives like Worldcoin stand at the forefront of technological advancement, offering novel solutions to complex challenges,’’ CoinJournal's director, Phil Hoey, remarked.

‘’With Kenya emerging as a hotspot of interest, the global crypto community eagerly anticipates the future developments and impact of projects like Worldcoin in shaping the digital landscape.”

Worldcoin's ambitious project, led by Altman seeks to transform identity verification through technology.

The Worldcoin aims to offer individuals with unique digital identities by combining iris scanning technology and blockchain, addressing major challenges surrounding online identity verification.

The Worldcoin, however, was halted in Kenya in August of last year after the government expressed safety and data privacy concerns.

While announcing the suspension, the country's interior cabinet secretary, Kithure Kindiki, stated that authorities were worried about the project and had launched investigations to determine the safety and protection of the data being harvested, as well as how the company intended to use the data.

Worldcoin, on the other hand, responded by saying it remains committed to providing an inclusive, privacy-preserving, decentralized on-ramp to the global digital economy and looks forward to resuming its services in Kenya while working closely with local regulators and other stakeholders.

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