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
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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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User Review  - Lyndatrue - LibraryThing

A slight preface: When Scott Adams left his job, and decided to write Dilbert full time, he quit being funny. It didn't even take that long. I still have some of the old strips, and they're still ... Read full review

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Schneier is a smart man, but this isn’t his most engaging work. It’s basically a series of schemas about what factors make people cooperate or defect, looking at the multiple communities/pressures ... Read full review

Contents

Cover
Credits
List of Illustrations
Relationships
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
Organizations
Corporations
Institutions
How Societal Pressures Fail

Societal Pressures
TradeOff
Moral Pressures
Reputational Pressures
Technological Advances
The Future
Acknowledgments

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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 www.schneier.com reach over 250,000 devoted readers worldwide.
"The closest thing the security industry has to a rock star."
The Register

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