Trust and Complexity in Digital Space19.04.2012 09:30-10:00
Trust and Complexity in Digital Space
The concepts of trust and security are deeply embedded in our society and are therefore strongly affected by the societal transformation caused by the digitization. Societal and technical change is strongly influenced by the growing complexity of society related to the emergence of easy worldwide communication, the Web and mass data collection. In this paper I discuss security and trust as fundamental drivers for self-organizing communities in our society. I highlight the concepts of trustworthy technology and trust in the societal context, as well as the difference between accepting technology and trusting technology. An important observation is that a complex system cannot be fully understood through reductionism. The discussion leads to some cautious conclusions on future actions.