Trust, Self-organisation 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 digitalisation. 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. Security and trust are fundamental drivers for self-organisation in
our society. In a working paper I discuss 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 by reductionism alone. The discussion
leads to some cautious conclusions on future actions.


About digitrusteu
Independent consultant in the area of Trust and ICT. Secretary General of Digital Enlightenment Forum VZW, Belgium Formerly Head of Unit at the European Commission, ICT Progamme, Trust and Security

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