The Take: Why are millions scanning their eyes for Worldcoin?

Worldcoin promises a cryptocurrency linked to biometrics, but critics have privacy and ethical concerns.

People queue to use WorldCoin's iris-scanners in Tokyo, Japan July 25, 2023
People queue to use WorldCoin's iris-scanners in Tokyo, Japan, July 25, 2023 [Anton Bridge/Reuters]

Worldcoin has people lining up all over the globe to let silver orbs scan their eyes for the promise of free cryptocurrency. But governments are now shutting down operations. There are concerns about collecting data and blurred lines around consent. So where will Worldcoin go next?

In this episode: 

  • Russell Brandom (@RusselBrandom), Rest of World US tech editor
  • David Gerard (@davidgerard), Author of, Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain

Episode credits:

This episode was produced by Ashish Malhotra and Sarí el-Khalili with our guest host Kevin Hirten, in for Malika Bilal. Miranda Lin and Chloe K Li fact-checked this episode.

Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Our lead of audience development and engagement is Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad is our engagement producer.

Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer. Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.

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Source: Al Jazeera