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Links 1 through 8 of 8 by Kris Van den Bergh tagged trust

Mathew Ingram posted an interview with Craig Newmark (the Craig of craigslist fame) in which the latter argued that what the web needs is a “distributed trust network” to manage our online reputations. As it happens, this is an idea that has occupied me for several years. So I figured it was about time that I shared my thoughts on the subject.

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The past few years have seen an explosion of social networking and crowdsourcing, which has enriched our online lives tremendously. But anytime something becomes important to people, there's never a shortage of scumbags who will try to make a buck by stealing, hijacking or kidnapping it. In this case, it's the trust in the content of the Web 2.0 services that's going to be under attack.

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I called this tendency algorithmic authority. I hadn’t used that phrase before yesterday, so it’s not well worked out (and I didn’t coin it — as Jeff Jarvis noted at the time, Google lists a hundred or so previous occurrences.) There’s a lot to be said on the subject, but as a placeholder for a well-worked-out post, I wanted to offer a rough and ready definition here.

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Q: What research challenge does this present to the Semantic Web community? How can we address the concern that Semantic and Social Web technology have more to offer Burglar Bill than to his victims?

Trust metrics. Interesting!

A1: We need better technology for limiting the flow of data, proving a right to legitimate access to information, cross-site protocols for deleting leaked or retracted data that flows between sites, and calculating trust metrics for parties requesting data access.

A2: We need to find ways to reconnect people with their neighbours and neighbourhoods, so that homes don’t sit unwatched when their occupants are away.

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The best way to build teams is to give them a specific outcome (something small, feasible and time-bounded) and force them to live together for awhile. Familiarity doesn't breed contempt; it breeds understanding and empathy — the foundations of good relationships. Sure, there are fancy things you can do to accelerate the learning curve and scale up relationship-building , but it's always better to start solving big problems by solving a series of smaller ones.

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