In today's hyper-connected society, understanding the mechanisms of trust is crucial. Issues of trust are critical to solving problems as diverse as corporate responsibility, global warming, and the political system. In this insightful and entertaining book, Schneier weaves together ideas from across the social and biological sciences to explain how society induces trust. He shows the unique role of trust in facilitating and stabilizing human society. He discusses why and how trust has evolved, why it works the way it does, and the ways the information society is changing everything.
BRUCE SCHNEIER is an internationally renowned security technologist who studies the human side of security. A prolific author, he has written hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers, as well as eleven books that together have sold more than 400,000 copies. He has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, and is regularly quoted in the press. His blog and monthly newsletter at www.schneier.com reach over 250,000 devoted readers worldwide. "The closest thing the security industry has to a rock star." The Register
A Note for Readers xv 1 Overview 1 PART I THE SCIENCE OF TRUST 15 2 A Natural History of Security 17 3 The Evolution of Cooperation 27 4 A Social History of Trust 41 5 Societal Dilemmas 51 PART II A MODEL OF TRUST 61 6 Societal Pressures 63 7 Moral Pressures 75 8 Reputational Pressures 87 9 Institutional Pressures 103 10 Security Systems 123 PART III THE REAL WORLD 137 11 Competing Interests 139 12 Organizations 155 13 Corporations 173 14 Institutions 195 PART IV CONCLUSIONS 205 15 How Societal Pressures Fail 207 16 Technological Advances 225 17 The Future 243 Notes 249 References 287 Acknowledgments 347 Index 349