Craig Burton

Logs, Links, Life and Lexicon

Excellent TED Talk on how the Blockchain technology will play a role in managing trust and identity.

The Thesis

Rachel Botsman is studying the defines trust as a “confident relationship to the unknown.” She is studying how technology is transforming the social glue of society.

Human beings are incredible in being able to take trust leaps.

She then introduces the concept of “climbing the trust stack.”

She then posits that we are going thru a massive change in the trust model, one from an instituionalized model to a distributed model.

She goes on to say that the blockchain technology will play a major role in how we effect digital trust. So much so, that the trust stack can be simplified, and the need for institutionalized trust intermediaries can sometimes be mitigated.

Watch the entire video. Very enlightening and provides a clear and consice explanation on how the blockchain works.

What Ms. Botsman omitted—clearly not intentionally—is the role sentiment analysis plays in the future of digital trust.

The Role of Sentiment Analysis and Trust

In the future, the ability to understand the sentiment or the “spectrum of intention” of another person or entity will be highly valuable in determining trust values.

In a recent series of blog posts by Phil Windley, the concept of a self-soveriegn identity system is introduced.

SIS purpose is just like it sounds. An independent identity system managed by users.

The series leads up to the announcement last week of Sovrin.org. (But I will get to that later.) Since these are in a series of blog posts, they are in reverse chronological order. So here they are in order.

  1. Service Integration Via a Distributed Ledger
  2. Governance for Distributed Ledgers
  3. An Internet for Identity
  4. Self-Sovereign Identity and the Legitamacy of Permissioned Ledgers

Some of these are lengthy. The topic is complicated, but fundamental to the future. Take your time. Dont let TL;DR syndrome sidetrack you.

In World of Ends, Doc Searls and
Dave Weinberger enumerate the Internet’s three virtues:

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