IFIP TM Banquet & Dinner Speech
Are we doing it right?
It’s been more than 20 years now since Computational Trust was ‘born,’ and there has been a great deal of work done in the area – trust models galore, deep understanding of applications, attacks and defences, and continual improvements on the journey.
Sometimes, though, I look at this and wonder if we are doing it ‘right.’ How do we know that the models are working, and for whom? Testbeds aside (of which there are a few, with their own issues), how can we tell if the models make the difference we want them to? When the models fail, or are applied differently, do they do a good job, are they graceful, and who gets affected (or hurt)?
This talk is about this: Steve’s First Law of Computing (no narcissism here then!) is that all computing is for people: somewhere along the line, there will be people who are observe, use, or are directly or indirectly affected by the technology. Recently I’ve been thinking about how to take this and marry it to a few other observations about people (and other animals) to be able to think about systems that address the big question: are we doing it right?
About Stephen Marsh:
Dr. Marsh is a Trust Scientist and a thought leader in the phenomenon of trust for computational systems. His PhD was a seminal work that introduced the first formalization of the phenomenon of trust (the concept of computational trust), and applied it to multi-agent systems. As a milestone in trust research, it brought together disparate disciplines and attempted to make sense of a vital phenomenon in human and artificial societies, and is still widely referenced today, being in the top tenth of one percent of Citeseerx’s most cited articles in computer science. Dr. Marsh’s current work builds extensively on this model, applying it to network security, critical infrastructure protection, and mobile-device security.