Open AI CEO Sam Altman (Left) and President William Ruto (Right)
President William Ruto today met the WorldCoin CEO Sam Altman while on his investment tour of the United States.
A video shared by Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa showed the President meeting Altman in San Francisco, California on September 15th, during the Kenya-US Business Roadshow organized by the U.S. Government's Prosper Africa initiative and the U.S. Embassy in Kenya. WorldCoin previously came under scrutiny for scanning Kenyan citizens' irises and collecting data without proper approvals. In response, the Kenyan Parliament launched an inquiry into their illegitimate activities.
Although the specific agenda of their meeting remains undisclosed, Kenyans are concerned that the President may introduce WorldCoin in the country. During his tour, Ruto commended Kenya's potential for technological advancements, particularly in collaboration with American companies such as Apple, Google, Meta, and WorldCoin. Locally, WorldCoin is facing legal challenges due to its illegal operation and data harvesting.
On September 11th, it was revealed that the company had made illegal partnerships with local businesses to gather data. As a result, a task force was formed to investigate the company's activities and recommended a one-year suspension of operations and a freeze of their assets. The Data Commissioner suggested that the company's data collection tools be analyzed forensically under specific conditions.
During the US-Kenya roadshow tour at the Mission Bay Conference Center in California, Ruto touted investment and business openings in Kenya's thriving tech industry. He expressed an interest in teaming up with well-known American companies including Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, Kyosk, SunCulture, among others. The purpose of the event was to highlight opportunities for interested parties.