Trust, In a social context, has several connotations.

Definitions of Trust typically refer to a context characterized by the following aspects:

  • One party (trustor) is willing to rely on the actions of another party (trustee)
  • the situation is directed to the future.

Security exists to facilitate Trust [4]#

Bruce Schneier's book "Liars and Outliers", goes into great detail on the Relationship between Trust that Society.

In addition, the trustor (voluntarily or forcedly) allows delegation of control over the actions performed by the trustee. As a consequence, the trustor

  • is uncertain about the outcome of the trustee's actions;
  • can only develop and evaluate expectations based on evidence.
The uncertainty involves the risk of failure or harm to the trustor if the trustee will not behave as desired. Often although the trustee is responsible, the Trustor is Accountable

Trust can be attributed to relationships between people. It can be demonstrated that humans have a natural disposition to Trust and to judge trustworthiness that can be traced to the neurobiological structure and activity of a human brain. Some studies indicate that Trust can be altered e.g. by the application of oxytocin.

Trust is also attributable to relationships within and between social groups (families, friends, communities, organisations, companies, Governments etc.). Trust is a popular approach to frame the dynamics of inter-group and intra-group interactions in terms of Trust.

When it comes to the relationship between people and technology, the attribution of Trust is a matter of dispute. The intentional stance demonstrates that Trust can be validly attributed to human relationships with complex technologies. However, rational reflection leads to the rejection of an ability to Trust technological artefacts.

One of the key current challenges in the social sciences is to re-think how the rapid progress of technology has impacted constructs such as Trust. This is specifically true for information Technology that dramatically alters causation in Social Websites.

Trust and Creation of Wealth[3]#

  • Every transaction creating wealth first requires an affirmative decision to Trust.
  • Building Trust creates new wealth.
  • Sustaining Trust creates recurring wealth.
  • Achieving Trust superior to your competition achieves market dominance.
  • Leadership rises based on Trust (or falls the absence of Trust).

Trust is...[2]#

  • the belief that a person or system will behave predictably, even under stress
  • based on experience and/or evidence
  • based on fundamental properties (Digital Identity, integrity)
  • easy to lose and hard to regain

A trusted thing is…[2]#

The Trouble with Trust, & the case for Accountability Frameworks for NSTIC [5]#

In Kaliya Hamlin speaks as to the The Trouble with Trust, & the case for Accountability Frameworks for NSTIC

Facets Of Building Trust#

We have gathered several "Facets" for building Trust. Although primarily gathered from the aspect of Information Technology, we believe these are Universal.
IdentificationAsk Who Are You?
AuthenticationProve Identification
AuthorizationAre you allowed to Do this Transaction?
IntegrityIs the data you sent the same as Was Received?
ConfidentialityDid anyone else read what you sent?
AuditingRecord Transaction/Communications for Audit
Non-RepudiationCan prove who sent the message?
TransparencyDid a Community of Interest see HOW you did it?
Accountabilityanswerability, blameworthiness, liability
EvidenceDid a Community of Interest see you do it?
ReputationDid other Entities say they Trust you?
ContextYou may Trust you at work but not in a bar

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