Liars and Outliers Enabling the Trust That Society Needs to Thrive

ISBN-10: 1118143302
ISBN-13: 9781118143308
Edition: 2012
Authors: Bruce Schneier
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 2/17/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

        The book discusses security’s unique role in facilitating and stabilizing human society.  It looks at how and why security evolved, why it works the way it does, and -- this is the timely part -- what is it about the information society that changes everything. Schneier will model the fundamental trade-off of societal security -- individual self-interest vs. societal group interest -- as a group prisoner's dilemma problem, and use that metaphor to examine the basic mechanics of societal security.       Written in Schneier’s engaging and riveting voice, the book will be divided into three parts: Understanding People, Understanding Security, and Understanding Today’s World. The first part covers the Natural History of Security, The Economics of Security, The Psychology of Fear and Risk, The Psychology of Security Trade-Offs, The Honest Majority, and The Dishonest Minority. The second part covers Societal Security, The Prisoner’s Dilemma, Using Morals to Solve a Prisoner’s Dilemma, Using Reputation to Solve a Prisoner’s Dilemma, Using Rules to Solve a Prisoner’s Dilemma, and Security Solutions for a Prisoner’s Dilemma. And in the third part, he walks the reader through Prisoner’s Dilemmas in a Market Economy, Organizations and the Prisoner’s Dilemma, Why Does This Fail So Often?, The Prisoner’s Dilemma in the Information Society, and The Future of Societal Security. He concludes with the rhetorical dialogue with the reader of Does Society Need a Dishonest Minority?

A Note for Readers
Overview
The science of Trust
A Natural History of Security
The Evolution of Cooperation
A Social History of Trust
Societal Dilemmas
A Model of Trust
Societal Pressures
Moral Pressures
Reputational Pressures
Institutional Pressures
Security Systems
The Real World
Competing Interests
Organizations
Corporations
Institutions
Conclusions
How Societal Pressures Fail
Technological Advances
The Future
Notes
References
Acknowledgments
Index

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