Living in an Impossible World: Real-izing the Consequences of Intransitive Trust

@article{Christianson2013LivingIA,
  title={Living in an Impossible World: Real-izing the Consequences of Intransitive Trust},
  author={Bruce Christianson},
  journal={Philosophy \& Technology},
  year={2013},
  volume={26},
  pages={411-429}
}
  • B. Christianson
  • Published 21 August 2013
  • Computer Science
  • Philosophy & Technology
Many accounts of online trust are based upon mechanisms for building reputation. Trust is portrayed as desirable, and handing off trust is easier if trust is modelled to be transitive. But in the analysis of cyber-security protocols, trust is usually used as a substitute for certain knowledge: it follows that if there is no residual risk, then there is no need for trust. On this grimmer understanding, the less that users are required to trust, the better. Involuntary transitivity of trust… 

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