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Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive

Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive

Bruce Schneier

ISBN: 978-1-118-23901-8 January 2012 384 Pages

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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.

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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

"One of the best books I've read this year is by a security technologist, Bruce Schneier. In Liars and Outliers, he sets out to investigate how trust works in society and in business, how it is betrayed and the degree to which technology changes all of that, for the better or the worse. Schneier absolutely understands how profoundly trust oils the wheels of business and of daily life." (Margaret Heffernan, CBS MoneyWatch)

"This book will appeal not only to customers interested in computer security but also on the idea of security and trust as a whole in society." (The Bookseller, 16th December 2011)

"This book should be read by anyone in a leadership role, whether they're in the corporate or political sphere... an easy read and the ideas and thoughts are profound." (Naked Security, February 2012)

"By concentrating on the human angle and packing the book with real world examples he has successfully stretched its appeal outside that of the security specialist to the more general reader." (E & T Magazine, March 2012)

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