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Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof, CEO and Founder of Bitnation, about a new application on the Ethereum Blockchain called Smart Love that allows anyone anywhere in the world to get married without the involvement of the nation state.
In fact, the application has been entered into the ongoing Ethereum Hackathon. Intrigued about this application, Cointelegraph spoke to Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof, CEO and founder of Bitnation.
Cointelegraph: Could you explain the rationale behind Smart Love?
Susanne Tarkowski: We wanted a simple and fun end user application to focus energy around building the Pangea Jurisdiction. Marriage is an ideal candidate because there’s a real need for it in the LGBT, inter-faith and polyamorous communities around the world, and most components you need to create a functional jurisdiction can be found in a robust marriage contract - like the ability to choose code of law, arbitrator, create an escrow, sign and timestamp the contract, etc.
CT: You got married on the Bitnation platform, was it an experimentation of Smart Love?
ST: I would say everything we’ve done up till now - the ID, Public Notary, Citizen and Embassy Networks, etc - has been an experiment/early proof-of-concept of the Pangea Jurisdiction. A testing ground, if you like. The marriage itself is serious, James and I are very committed to each other - and to Bitnation. We just moved from the UK to Amsterdam together and got a beautiful puppy.
CT: Why is it that Smart Love wants to establish moderate barriers to entry and tough barriers to exit?
ST: You can have a relationship with someone without getting married. The purpose of marriage is really security — the knowledge that the time, energy and emotions you invest into building something together is a worthwhile undertaking — particularly if you intend to do ‘high-risk’ things, such as purchase real estate or have children together. Therefore it’s good to have a moderate barrier to entry — so people can’t just do it Vegas style night out - but it actually has to go through a process.
The marriage must be possible to end, of course, but it should come with some considerable hassle, so people don’t simply walk out and give up on it because of a minor obstacle. You could compare it with the process of getting a tattoo - though obviously tattoos don’t have much emotional, logistical or financial effects on your life.
CT: Any particular reason Bitnation chose to have Smart Love on the Ethereum Blockchain?
ST: Because Ethereum is optimised for Smart Contracts, which is a key requirement for the Pangea Jurisdiction. However, once Rootstock is more evolved, we hope to be compatible with Rootstock and the Bitcoin Blockchain as well.
CT: How do you see Smart Love’s chances in the Ethereum Hackathon?
ST: I’m not very concerned about winning — that’s not why we are participating in . Our aim is to leverage the energy and infrastructure of the camp to engage the community in a meaningful conversation on what’s required for a Blockchain jurisdiction, and use Smart Love as a fun and tangible way to create a demo end user application for it.
Below is an outline of some of the main components in the longer Smart Love writeup, which Bitnation would like to use to start a community wide discussion about:
Wikipedia defines a jurisdiction as the practical authority granted to a legal body to administer justice within a defined area of responsibility. Pangea addresses four core elements of the administration of justice:
Refer to an existing code of law (e.g. Common Law, Sharia Law or Civil Code), or upload your own code of law
Mediation and Arbitration (MaM):
Incentivisation, Deterrent and Enforcement (IDaE):
Defined Area of Responsibility (DAoR):
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