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The Reputation Society: How Online Opinions Are Reshaping the Offline World

edited by Hassan Masum and Mark Tovey ; [foreword by Craig Newmark]
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Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2011.
The information society series
Information society series
9780262016643 (hardcover : alk. paper), 0262016648 (hardcover : alk. paper)
In making decisions, we often seek advice. Online, we check Amazon recommendations, eBay vendors' histories, TripAdvisor ratings, and even our elected representatives' voting records. These online reputation systems serve as filters for information overload. In this book, experts discuss the benefits and risks of such online tools.The contributors offer expert perspectives that range from philanthropy and open access to science and law, addressing reputation systems in theory and practice. Properly designed reputation systems, they argue, have the potential to create a "reputation society," reshaping society for the better by promoting accountability through the mediated judgments of billions of people. Effective design can also steer systems away from the pitfalls of online opinion sharing by motivating truth-telling, protecting personal privacy, and discouraging digital vigilantism.
  • Trust, reputation systems, and the immune system of democracy / Craig Newmark
  • Building the reputation society / Hassan Masum, Mark Tovey, and Yi-Cheng Zhang
  • Designing reputation systems for the social web / Chrysanthos Dellarocas
  • Web reputation systems and the real world / Randy Farmer
  • An inquiry into effective reputation and rating systems / John Henry Clippinger
  • The biology of reputation / John Whitfield
  • Regulating reputation / Eric Goldman
  • Less regulation, more reputation / Lior Strahilevitz
  • The role of reputation systems in managing online communities / Cliff Lampe
  • Attention philanthropy : giving reputation a boost / Alex Steffen
  • Making use of reputation systems in philanthropy / Marc Maxson and Mari Kuraishi
  • The measurement and mismeasurement of science / Michael Nielsen
  • Usage-based reputation metrics in science / Victor Henning, Jason Hoyt, and Jan Reichelt
  • Open access and academic reputation / John Willinsky
  • Reputation-based governance and making states "legible" to their citizens / Lucio Picci
  • Trust it forward : tyranny of the majority or echo chambers? / Paolo Massa
  • Rating in large-scale argumentation systems / Luca Iandoli, Josh Introne, and Mark Klein
  • Privacy, context, and oversharing : reputational challenges in a Web 2.0 world / Michael Zimmer and Anthony Hoffman
  • The future of reputation networks / Jamais Cascio
  • "I hope you know this is going on your permanent record" / Madeline Ashby and Cory Doctorow.
xxi, 220 p. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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