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#3 - The President of Palau
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#3 - The President of Palau

The President of Palau and Balaji discuss how the tiny island country is becoming a digital leader, experimenting with everything from on-chain identity to drone delivery.  

Despite having less than 20,000 citizens, Palau is a full UN member state. Its path to diplomatic recognition holds many lessons for aspiring founders of new communities. Joining Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr. in this chat is William Wang, founder of rns.id, the Palaun government’s crypto identity partner.

OUTLINE 

0:00 - Intro 

2:03 - The Republic of Palau 

6:18 - Palau's path to sovereignty 

8:35 - How Palau is using crypto 

10:40 - The President's background 

16:51 - Returning to Palau 

18:42 - What is RNS.ID?

25:08 - Palau's government structure 

27:23 - Partnerships in Palau 

34:15 - Diplomatic relations 

36:29 - The advantages of small countries 

42:00 - Palau's developing technologies 

45:04 - Gaining diplomatic recognition 

48:59 - Outro  

VIDEO 

YouTube: https://youtu.be/3FuQvG2dmM4

CREDITS 

Editing: twitter.com/DholakiaJaydeep

Images: twitter.com/elijah10t 

SOCIAL 

twitter.com/Surangeljr 

rns.id 

twitter.com/balajis 

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What comes after Google, Facebook, Bitcoin, and Ethereum? Perhaps it's the startup country — the network state. Balaji interviews tech founders and policymakers from around the world on managing billions of dollars and millions of people, as well as what it might take to start a new kind of state.
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