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EpinetsThe Epistemic Structure and Dynamics of Social Networks$
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Mihnea Moldoveanu and Joel A.C. Baum

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804777919

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804777919.001.0001

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“I Think You Think I Think You're Lying”

“I Think You Think I Think You're Lying”

Trust, Secrecy, Covertness, and Authentication in Social Networks

(p.93) Chapter 4 “I Think You Think I Think You're Lying”

Mihnea C. Moldoveanu

Joel A.C. Baum

Stanford University Press

This chapter analyzes the epistemic structure of trust in social networks. Trust is defined in terms of the epistemic states of networked agents, and a model of trust is advanced in which trust is characterized as a form of confidence in the competence and integrity of another agent, wherein the trustful knows that the trusted would know a fact if that fact were true, and would say it if he or she knew it, is advanced and examined empirically. The approach is used to measure trust, and show how epistemically-defined trust relationships can function as safeguards for coordination and information flow in networks. This unpacking of trust permits exploration of the dark side of trust – how trust can be broken without appearing that way, as well as the interplay between breaches of trust in integrity and trust in competence.

Keywords:   Social networks, trust, trust partitions, trust pathways, epistemic states, epistemic ties, epistemic networks, epinets

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