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Trust, simply put, is just the projection into the future of past behavior.


Tom Jones 2018-06-15


The content on this page should provide information about how to know what can be trusted by an individual in a digital age.


There are two ways to approach the problem of trust in networked digital systems.

Computer Engineering

The scientific approach

When this approach does not work the computer scientist always try to blame the users and propose educating the users. This approach never winds up meeting the goals.

Social Engineering

The social approach to trust is exploited by con men attacking our human weaknesses every day. Creating trustworthy computer systems can not be overcome this sort of attack. One good example

Only a good user experience


The Philosophical Problem

The Psychological Problem

The philosopher Karl Popper defined the psychological problem The psychologist

Ethics and trust are inextricably linked. We are interested in ethics in large part because we are concerned, even obsessed, with the question of who we can trust is a world where there is risk and uncertainty. In our relationships, we humans are much more concerned about assessing trustworthiness of others than we are in trying to figure out how ethical they are. So what is trust and what is trustworthiness? The mountain image on right depicts our human situation of uncertainty.[1]


Trust is earned. Where Ethics are lacking Trust cannot survive. They are reciprocal concepts[2] as high trust environments will encourage good ethics of participants and good ethical values in on-line interchanges will build trust.


  1. Trust
  2. Linda Fisher Thornton Ethics and Trust are Reciprocal