Trust, Reliance and the Internet

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Trusting someone in an intuitive, rich sense of the term involves not just relying on that person, but manifesting reliance on them in the expectation that this manifestation of reliance will increase their reason and motive to prove reliable. Can trust between people be formed on the basis of Internet contact alone? Forming the required expectation in regard to another person, and so trusting them on some matter, may be due to believing that they are trustworthy; to believing that they seek esteem and will be rationally responsive to the good opinion communicated or promised by an act of trust; or to both factors at once. Neither mechanism can rationally command confidence, however, in the case where people are related only via the Internet. On the Internet everyone wears the ring of Gyges; everyone is invisible, in their personal identity, to others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTrust and Community on the Internet
Subtitle of host publicationOpportunities and Restrictions for Online Cooperation
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783110508666
ISBN (Print)9783110514087
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


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