Bitnation, Estonia Launch Public Notary Partnership for E-Residency Program

Bitnation, a blockchain-based collaborative governance platform, has formed a partnership with the Estonian government to provide a notary service for the countries e-Residency program.

Through Bitnation’s “public notary”, users of the e-Residency program will be able to notarize their marriages, birth certificates, business contracts, and much more on the blockchain, regardless of where they live or do business.

Bitnation is positioning its platform as “the world’s first Blockchain powered virtual nation” providing DIY governance services including marriage, land titles, birth certificates, refugee emergency response, and world citizenship ID on the blockchain.

Estonia’s e-Residency is an transnational digital identity initiative that permits anyone around the world to utilize a secure authenticated online identity that the Estonian government already offers its 1.3 million residents. Holders of Estonian e-Residency can administer a location-independent business online, and supposedly enables secure and convenient digital services to build credibility and trust online.

Kaspar Korjus, e-Residency Program Director, commented on the launch of the notary service:

In Estonia, we believe that people should be able to freely choose their digital/public services best fit to them, regardless of the geographical area where they were arbitrarily born. 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.

Bitnation Founder, Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof, added:

[the Estonian government] understands the dynamics of the globalization era far better than any other government… 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.

Estonia may be learning to be blockchain-friendly, but, since early 2014, the country’s law enforcement has had difficulties accepting bitcoin as a form of currency and payment. After as a bitcoin exchange took the police to Estonia’s hightest court, the court last month ordered four government instituions to provide information on the legality of bitcoin and the case of the bitcoin exchange.