Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 27, 2012 - Social Science - 384 pages
In today's hyper-connected society, understanding the mechanisms of trust is crucial. Issues of trust are critical to solving problems as diverse as corporate responsibility, global warming, and the political system. In this insightful and entertaining book, Schneier weaves together ideas from across the social and biological sciences to explain how society induces trust. He shows the unique role of trust in facilitating and stabilizing human society. He discusses why and how trust has evolved, why it works the way it does, and the ways the information society is changing everything.

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Really informative look at the what helps members of society act rationally and allows society to function. Schneier explains many of the commons models of trust that exist at different layers of ... Read full review

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Sort of interesting book, but with some significant problems. First of all the book is a very academic study of trust in relationship to society. And while the author attempts to make it occasionally ... Read full review


List of Illustrations
A Natural History of Security
The Evolution of Cooperation
A Social History of Trust
Societal Dilemmas
Institutional Pressures
Security Systems
Securitys Diminishing Returns
Competing Interests
How Societal Pressures Fail

Societal Pressures
Moral Pressures
Reputational Pressures
Technological Advances
The Future

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BRUCE SCHNEIER is an internationally renowned security technologist who studies the human side of security. A prolific author, he has written hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers, as well as eleven books that together have sold more than 400,000 copies. He has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, and is regularly quoted in the press. His blog and monthly newsletter at reach over 250,000 devoted readers worldwide.
"The closest thing the security industry has to a rock star."
The Register

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