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'Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust That Society Needs to Thrive' Excerpt

The increasing scale of society affects societal pressures in a number of ways, making failures more expensive and more onerous.


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Security technologist Bruce Schneier interconnects concepts from biological and social sciences to describe how society engenders trust and security. Schneier shows how society suffers in the absence of trust, whether examining the microcosm of social settings between two people or the world at large.

The increase scale of society exerts social pressures in a number of ways, including the pressure of more people, increased complexity in the interaction among those people, increased technological intensity and increased inertia resistance to change.

This excerpt, “Technological Advances,” was reprinted by permission of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and comes from Chapter 16 of “Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust That Society Needs to Thrive,” authored by Bruce Schneier, 2012.

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