Traces of digital trust : an interactive design perspective

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Dwyer, Natasha (2011) Traces of digital trust : an interactive design perspective. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


This thesis explores ways that the complex concept of trust functions between users in digital environments who are strangers. Although it can and has been argued that ‘trust’ is central to the functioning of society (Watson 2009), it is difficult to apply a static and complete definition of the term. I argue that trust is neither a fully objective nor subjective state but is formed through interaction. If users are to communicate via the mediation of digital environments, how will trust relationships form? In this thesis, I draw on a recent theory of trust: the enablement of trust. The agenda of trust enablement allows users to reach and maintain trust or distrust on their own terms.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Historical > FOR Classification > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media
Historical > SEO Classification > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Keywords ResPubID24371, digital trust, trust, online community, Internet, social networking, digital environments, context sharing, shared context, familiarity
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