The Worldcoin Foundation has released the core software components of its ORB technology into the open-source domain, marking a significant step forward in verifying human identity online with enhanced privacy and security.

The release is now available on GitHub under MIT/Apache 2.0 licenses, supporting the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to increase transparency in the digital verification process. This move comes after the Foundation had previously made its hardware and iris recognition technology public.

This decision is part of the Foundation’s commitment to being more transparent about its biometric data collection process, following concerns raised by multiple countries about the practice.

Worldcoin (WLD) responded positively to the announcement, seeing gains for the day despite the overall crypto market experiencing recent lows. At the time of writing, WLD was trading at $8.26, up by 4% over 24 hours, with a market cap of $1.28 billion.

The ORB technology is designed to authenticate users by processing their eye and face images to distinguish genuine human users from automated systems or artificial intelligence. The latest open-source release focuses on the software responsible for capturing images and securely transmitting them to the World App.

Worldcoin’s initial developer, Tools for Humanity (TFH), has built a comprehensive compute stack for the ORB using the NVIDIA Jetson platform, enabling real-time processing of camera feeds for quick World ID verification. This setup utilizes Rust applications and NVIDIA’s TensorRT engine to prioritize high performance and security in handling sensitive biometric data.

An audit of the ORB technology by Trail of Bits identified 12 vulnerabilities, including one severe issue, but also affirmed the technology’s adherence to privacy standards in handling personally identifiable information. Worldcoin has addressed the high-severity issue post-audit and is implementing further improvements based on recommendations.

The Foundation plans to continue enhancing the software’s transparency and reducing dependence on proprietary components. The initial release includes critical elements such as orb-core, orb-attest, and orb-firmware.

Future efforts are expected to involve further opening the development process and improving the Orb’s security and privacy framework, potentially serving as a model for similar technological initiatives.


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