Timothy Roscoe takes part in the “Science in Perspective” panel discussion on “Internet and Trust”

Timothy Roscoe took part in a panel discussion on the “Internet and Trust”, the first in a series talks based on the “Science in Perspective” course programme. More


A secure and reliable internet generates trust. Just how the internet creates trust is a matter for debate between ETH computer scientists and social scientists – for example, in a public session on 9 May 2017. Trust, it is sometimes said, is almost more important to the economy and society than money. Unlike money, trust is not a neutral unit of value and comparison, but rather a relationship quality. When you give someone your trust, you grant them a certain degree of latitude to act and in return expect certain benefits. In this respect, trust facilitates communication and the acquisition of information.