Estonia Makes a Blockchain Breakthrough in Cooperation with Bitnation

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Bitnation, which calls itself ‘the world’s first Blockchain powered virtual nation’, announced on its site that as of December 1, 2015 it will launch a program offering notary services to its online residents. The program is supported by the Estonian e-Residency program.

The posting states that the program will provide almost complete set of services usually requiring notary certification.

“E-residents, regardless of where they live or do business, will be able to notarize their marriages, birth certificates, business contracts, and much more on the blockchain,” the program’s press release reads.

“We’re truly living in exciting times when nation states and virtual nations compete and collaborate with each other on an international market, to provide better governance services,” stated Kaspar Korjus, the program director for e-Residency program.

Bitnation’s founder, Susanne Tarkowski Templehof, in her turn stated:

“I’m delighted to work with Estonia’s e-Residency program to set a standard practice of competition of governance services on a global market, and to enable others to exercise Self-determination and follow Bitnation’s path to sovereignty.”

Bitnation is a project that provides do-it-yourself services of government administering. However, the essentially borderless notary service will become the first-ever service provided by the project, and at least initially it will cover only ‘e-residents’ from the republic of Estonia. Estonia was one of the first Soviet republics to secede the USSR, and one of only three former Soviet republics to eventually join the EU and NATO, the other two being Lithuania and Latvia, all of which are collectively referred to as the Baltic States.

Bitnation has already been known for providing same services to its ‘e-citizens’, however, it is the first time when a project like that gains any kind of governmental support from state officials. E-Residency, in its turn, is a project expanding online identity services provided by the government of Estonia to more than a million people around the globe.

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