Purpose – Trust in open networks has emerged as a prime research topic, partly due to the vast unexploited possibilities unrestricted distribution of ideas, innovations and information provided. This paper aims to present an abstract model for anticipating the probabilities of the target object to meet with the expectations of the inquirer, emphasising consistent behaviour and managing diverse conceptions by relying on sentimentally like‐minded. Design/methodology/approach – The basic building blocks of trust are presented and motivated. Each presented problem is addressed and formulas facilitating rightful interpretation are given. Findings – The paper presents some ideas how to approach the problems faced when rightfully interpreting information gathered from anonymous collaborates in a scalable manner by pointing out the basics of them. Research limitations/implications – This paper depicts ideas as illustrations that are easy to understand and give an overview of the fundamentals on which to conduct further research. Originality/value – The paper provides a conceptual discussion of the need for trust in open networks.
International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 4, 2008
Keywords: Computer networks; Trust