I've been thinking a lot about 'trust' and 'reputation'
presented a paper at the Boston
Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference earlier this month
OpenPrivacy - Enhancing the Internet with
Trust is key to any anonymous network, indeed to any society.
Pseudonyms that over time prove to be trustworthy develop
that smooth the process of finding the people/entities that
worth dealing with - within any given domain.
Trust is not generally transitive, as I may trust an auto
mechanic with my car but perhaps not to invest my money.
we find that trust develops through prior experience and
spread by word-of-mouth, is dynamic, and non-monotonic.
There's precious little useful research in the computer science
literature on trust and reputations, perhaps because there's
a need to
understand some background in the social sciences as to what
it is and
how it works. But I'm excited that more effort is going in this
direction. Here's a short
Bibliography that I have compiled. Suggestions are welcome!