Blockchain’s Bitnation Seeks To Eliminate Borders With Its Passport Program

Innovation, Regulation | October 15, 2018 By:

Bitnation, a blockchain company that seeks to make passage between countries a universal right, has issued its first Vienna Convention compliant passports (ICAO and ISO/IEC 7810 ID-3 standard and machine readable) to the public, ambassadors, and core team members.

Recorded on the ethereum blockchain, the passports allow users to travel as they work with nations and communities looking to assert sovereignty. The passports use the Bitnation Jurisdiction app’s Public Key as a unique identifier.

Bitnation has created a decentralized jurisdiction for personal and business transactions on Android and iOS. The app is a peer-to-peer and encrypted chat protocol from which smart contracts can be created on any integrated blockchain. The Jurisdiction also allows the creation and joining of voluntary nations, and an AI-driven reputation and arbitration system will soon be integrated as a contract enforcement mechanism. Citizens create a pseudo-anonymous encrypted Public Key ID on the jurisdiction, which is linked to the passport.

Currently the passport is being tested in multiple jurisdictions by members of Bitnation’s core team. Anyone who wishes to join Bitnation’s diplomatic service program and obtain a passport will first be vetted through a 1-on-1 interview. The costs is US$149 payable in XPAT, Bitnation’s native ERC20 token, which can be purchased on BancorLAToken, and other exchanges.

Bitnation has begun a process to get its passports recognized as Laissez-Passer — similar to those issued by national governments or international organizations like the UN as emergency passports for travel on humanitarian grounds or for official travel. Bitnation is seeking equal privileges and immunities to those of other nations – as set out by the Vienna Conventions on Consular and Diplomatic Relations – for its passport holders.

The Bitnation passport program builds on the Bitnation Refugee Emergency ID, which won the UNESCO Netexplo Innovation Award Grand Prix in 2017. Previous winners included Twitter and Spotify. A standard non-diplomatic passport will be issued in 2019.

Bitnation’s founder and CEO Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof called it a “giant experiment, a hack if you will, in global diplomacy.”

Citing an enormous number of worldwide refugees, Tempelhof wants to open the floodgates and eliminate borders.

“Bitnation is well placed to address this problem, as we’re a politically neutral global Blockchain Jurisdiction. We don’t lay claim to any territory and hence are not affiliated with any potential geopolitical conflicts. In addition, we have active Ambassadors in many countries across the world who can assist Bitnation Citizens locally.”