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Web of Trust: An Approach Towards Semantic Based Social Networks

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Executive Summary

In many computing systems, information is produced and processed by many people. Knowing how much a user trusts a source can be very useful for aggregating, filtering, and ordering of information. Furthermore, if trust is used to support decision making, it is important to have an accurate estimate of trust when it is not directly available, as well as a measure of confidence in that estimate. One of the ultimate goals of the Semantic Web is the "Web of Trust". Research on the topic of trust in this domain has focused largely on digital signatures, certificates, and authentication. In this paper, the authors describe an approach for integrating the two to build a web of trust in a more social respect.

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