Trust, Complexity and Control: Confidence in a Convergent World

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Wiley, Oct 15, 2007 - Technology & Engineering - 310 pages
An increasing reliance on the Internet and mobile communication has deprived us of our usual means of assessing another party’s trustworthiness. This is increasingly forcing us to rely on control.  Yet the notion of trust and trustworthiness is essential to the continued development of a technology–enabled society.

Trust, Complexity and Control offers readers a single, consistent explanation of how the sociological concept of ‘trust’ can be applied to a broad spectrum of technology–related areas; convergent communication, automated agents, digital security, semantic web, artificial intelligence, e–commerce, e–government, privacy etc. It presents a model of confidence in which trust and control are driven and limited by complexity in one explanatory framework and demonstrates how that framework can be applied to different research and application areas. Starting with the individual’s assessment of trust, the book shows the reader how application of the framework can clarify misunderstandings and offer solutions to complex problems.

The uniqueness of Trust, Complexity and Control  is its interdisciplinary treatment of a variety of diverse areas using a single framework.

Sections featured include:

  • Trust and distrust in the digital world.
  • The impact of convergent communication and networks on trust.
  • Trust, economy and commerce.
  • Trust–enhancing technologies.

Trust, Complexity and Control is an invaluable source of reference for both researchers and practitioners within the Trust community. It will also be of benefit to students and lecturers in the fields of information technology, social sciences and computer engineering.

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Setting the Scene
The Model of Confidence
Measuring Confidence

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About the author (2007)

Piotr Cofta works for British Telecom as a Chief Researcher, Security and Trust in the Mobility Research Centre. He is responsible for research in convergent security and trust, specifically in identity and privacy. Previously he has worked for many years for Nokia and more recently for Media Lab Europe, concentrating on device security and transactional trust. His research interest includes technical and social aspects of security and trust with special focus on opportunities in convergent environment and mobile commerce. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of Gdansk, Poland. He is a member of IEE and IEEE.

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