Brussels, 3rd of April 2019 – Guardtime is a founding member of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) with Henry Rõigas, Guardtime’s Head of European Affairs, elected for the Board of Directors.  

INATBA - launched in Brussels this week - unites industry stakeholders across the blockchain ecosystem and serves as a platform for working with global policy institutions to develop a new governance structure. The organisation features four main goals: 1) to contribute to the convergence of regulatory approaches to blockchain and other distributed ledger technology globally; 2) to promote an open, transparent and inclusive global model of governance for blockchain and other distributed ledger technology infrastructures and applications; 3) to support the development and adoption of interoperability guidelines for user-centric applications and 4) to develop sector-specific guidelines and specifications.

“It is an honour to serve on the Board of INATBA as a representative of mid-sized companies. Engagement in INATBA allows Guardtime to share our unique experience with actual production deployments of blockchain-backed services with validated use-cases in government, enterprise and military. The blockchain community remains fragmented and in order to facilitate takeup of the technology, a unified voice in the form of INATBA is more than welcome. Discussions at the launch and an extremely high interest towards the association has clearly validated the need for such an organisation.”

Henry Rõigas, Head of European Affairs at Guardtime

“Europe must make more of technological innovation and blockchain technology is an innovation that Europe cannot afford to miss. As digital services become increasingly widespread, we need to be able to trust their security and reliability, and blockchain offers myriad possibilities in this regard.”

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, European Commission

As one of the world’s leading blockchain technology vendors, in addition to contributing to INATBA, Guardtime is actively engaged in DLT-related European R&D initiatives, supports the European Blockchain Partnership which develops a European Blockchain Services Infrastructure for the delivery of cross-border digital public services as well as the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum.

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, and INATBA Board of Directors