Today, decentralized government Bitnation coded its first, and indeed the world’s first, virtual nation constitution. Bitnation:Pangea was created in 140 lines of code during a 3 hour live session in Rio de Janeiro. During the event was the codifying its ‘Liquid Holocracy’ based constitution, and its launch as the framework for the Bitnation Decentralized Borderless Voluntary Nation (DBVN) on the Ethereum blockchain.
Janina Lowisz (AKA Blockchain Girl), one of Bitnation’s worldwide ambassadors, kindly answered some questions from AllCoinsNews on the project.
Hi Janina, could you tell us a bit about yourself and what brought you into the cryptocurrency and blockchain scene?
I learned about it more than 3 years ago and got involved 2 years ago. I saw this is what has an impact on the future, this is where politics actually happens, and where I can learn most. I got first interested due to being libertarian, and as political events were comparably useless, boring and always the same, I felt more home in the enthusiast and more ahead of everything bitcoin- and later blockchain sphere. Personally, I needed to learn something in addition to uni, where I only did business management degrees. So in the past 2 years, I went to as many related events and meetups possible, volunteered for a few start-ups and until today built a network of ca. 500 people actively working in the sphere worldwide.
I heard of Bitnation in August 2014, a month after Susanne put up the idea in a google doc, and joined the relevant forums. I got involved in October when she was in London to do the world citizenship project with Chris Ellis. Directly before, a stranger had sent me an email telling me to run the Bitnation meetup, although I never had actively to do with Bitnation until then. So I was surprised but I thought `ok, some of the best things in life happen per chance`, and joined.
What is the goal of Bitnation and in what capacity are you involved with it?
Bitnation aims to provide blockchain governance services, including private, either own or 3rd party services to build infrastructure, such as land registry, or compete with existing services, such as marriage, and services in cooperation with governments, such as the E-Estonia notary. I belong to Bitnation`s worldwide ambassador network of people locally promoting it. Join us in Slack, where we are ca. 600, and bitnation.co, ca. 1000.
A traditional government is funded by taxes and uses this to provide a range of services such as law enforcement, health care and education. Does Bitnation levy taxes and can it replace traditional governments or will it be supplementary to the governments of the users?
It can be both, as mentioned before there will be own services or services built by other private people which will be new services or services competing with existing ones, and there will be services in cooperation with governments. Bitnation does not include taxes but you buy the services, so unlike with traditional government, you would see where your money goes.
How will Bitnation resolve disagreements between the law its users choose and their local law?
The agreements are not relying on local law but are made online and do not have to do with areas for which there needs to be a local law, so services that are done the same way everywhere. Multisig escrows, witnesses and arbitrators are used as enforcement mechanisms, and the reputation system is an incentive for good behaviour, comparable to ebay.
What are some of the benefits that Bitnation can offer the average person?
Bitnation gives you a choice between governance services, it will offer more cheap and easy to use services and makes it irrelevant where you are born or where you live. Everyone gets access to the same services and instead of classifying people via their passport, only reputation matters.
People can easily get involved if they are interested in supporting any kind of innovation, partner their organisation with us, or simply find like-minded people in our big network. Although we are focused on blockchain governance, we also support and connect people in areas such as education, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, seasteading, 3d printing, space exploration, and other micronations such as Liberland.
What are some of the opportunities and challenges that Bitnation faces over the year ahead?
The partnership with E-Estonia is the main opportunity which will result in a range of blockchain governance services planned for this year, including corporate incorporation and dispute resolution. Challenge is funding – until today, people are volunteers.
Until recently, Bitnation used the bitcoin blockchain. What was the reason behind Bitnation’s move to Ethereum and how will members of Bitnation be affected?
Ethereum`s smart contract capabilities better suit the needs of the coming Pangea platform, and Bitnation users will have a smoother and better user experience.