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Re: on the nature of trust

>On Thu, 12 Feb 1998, Tony Bartoletti wrote:
>-> Ed,
>-> I do believe that your definition of Trust (in the sense analogous to
>-> Information Theory) is the most elegant and useful one, to repeat:
>-> > Trust: "Trust is that which is essential to a communication channel
>-> >         which cannot be transferred from a source to a destination
>-> >         that channel"

This definition would apply equally well to my modem.

Also consider the following thought experiment. I establish an email
correspondence with a person who I have never met before. Over the
course of ten years my only means of communication with this person
is through email. Is is possible to establish a property that corresponds
to our term trust as a result?