The Worldcoin project, known for its iris scanning identification, has reached a significant milestone in Chile. The company has reported that they have registered over 1% of the country’s population.
According to the organization behind the project, more than 200,000 Chileans have already adopted Worldcoin, signifying a significant increase in popularity that extends to other South American countries, such as Argentina, where 9,500 Argentinians verified their identities in a single day.
Worldcoin claims that Chile is the first country in the world to reach a 1% adoption rate of their protocol. When excluding children under 12 years old and elderly individuals above 60 years old from the population count, the adoption number is even higher, indicating that nearly 10% of Chile’s economically active adults have joined the protocol.
This growth signals the increasing popularity of the project in South American countries, which have shown interest in the World ID application. In response to this demand, Tools For Humanity, a collaborator of Worldcoin, has expanded its operations in Chile by establishing additional verification stations in Vina del Mar and Concepción. They will continue to operate verification stations in Santiago, the capital of the country.
Worldcoin’s verification process involves a specific hardware device called the orb, which scans the user’s iris to verify their identity and allow them to participate in the Worldcoin system.
In August, the organization reported registering over 9,500 Argentinians in a single day, which equates to a verification every nine seconds. This is a remarkable achievement considering there were only four verification stations in the country.
Furthermore, according to data from the Kenyan parliamentary committee responsible for investigating the project, 350,000 Kenyans had registered at some point in July, accounting for 25% of the platform’s users at that time.
However, the Kenyan government suspended Worldcoin’s activities in August and attempted to arrest Alex Blania, CEO and co-founder of Tools For Humanity, and Thomas Scott, the legal spokesperson for Tools for Humanity, after they failed to appear before the National Assembly of Kenya for a hearing.
The Kenyan government stated that authorities from the United States intervened to ensure the executives’ departure from the country as they were not found guilty of committing any crimes in Kenya.