Information Technology and Trust

This essay, in two parts, is meant both as an introduction to the basic concepts of information technology in a context relevent for members of the legal community, as well as a positing of IT as a channel for the promotion of trust, both complementary to - and in competition with, legal, mechanical, psychological, and socio-political systems.

The following texts are based on ideas originally presented in "An Essay on Information Technology and Trust" published in "Legal Management of Information Systems" Cecilia Magnusson Sjöberg (ed). Studentlitteratur (2005), and the preparatory notes for my lectures for the Master Programme in Law and Information Technology offered by the Law and Informatics Research Institute, Department of Law, University of Stockholm.

Table of contents

Part 1 – Technology

1.1 What’s different this time?

1.2 The great commonwealth

1.2.a Commonalization

1.2.b Commoditization

1.2.c Completeness

1.2.d Communalization

1.3 The evolution of Information Technology

1.4 World 3

1.5 dW3 7

1.6 Language

1.7 dW3 that works

1.8 It doesn’t count

1.9 Tiger Shot a Birdie

1.10 Local and Global Taxonomies

1.11 Contextual Frameworks

1.12 W3 technology

1.13 Herman’s punch cards

1.14 The design of a data system in terms of completeness

1.15 Who you gonna' call?

1.16 Programs

1.17 After Hollerith

1.18 Task-specificity

1.19 Ask not what your dW3 can do for us

1.20 The Turing Test

1.21 If we think they think

1.22 Hi, I’m Lara Croft, can I help you.

Part 2 – Trust

2.1 The bell tower

2.2 Social Capital

2.2.a The China Syndrome

2.3 Transaction costs

2.4 Definitions of trust

2.5 Verospheres

2.6 Redundancy and Tolerance

2.7 Real time

2.8 A cow will wince

2.9 Nurture– Nature– Normal

2.10 Who’s buying this round?

2.11 If no logo – what?

2.12 The world wide web of content description

2.13 The Marlboro Man versus the Surgeon General

2.14 38 Six degrees

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