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Abstract: Manifesto for the Reputation Society by Hassan Masum and Yi–Cheng Zhang
By Robert Link, published at 7 August 2009 - 3:15pm, last updated 5 years 3 weeks ago.
From the text: "Reputation is a surrogate — a partial reflection representing our "best educated guess" of the underlying true state of affairs. Active evaluation by looking behind surface signals can corroborate or disprove reputations, while indiscriminate use degrades their reliability. The challenge is to encourage active evaluation, but also to use it efficiently since it will always be in limited supply...Being human, each of us has many limitations: time, access, ability, and experience. The main goal of developing enhanced reputation filters is to do as much as possible despite our individual limitations — to cooperatively pierce the veils of deception, mediocrity, and banality..."Who will guard the guardians?" — the age–old problem posed by the Romans remains just as relevant today as it was two thousand years ago. Accountability of leaders, of businesspeople, and of those entrusted with public duties must be a key goal of developing a society–wide reputation system ecology."
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