Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

A Trust Issue

I read an article by Zeynep Tufekci (False Promise) in Wired (July 27, 2019) stating the Internet is a low-trust society where you are on guard all the time. I’m sure this wasn’t part of Sir Tim Berners-Lee dream.

A society is a group of people with a common goal. But if you no longer know what is real, and what is not on the Internet, we have a trust issue.

How can we trust the information we retrieve from the internet? Trust doesn’t come from people with a common goal, but a common life. We regain trust if we share a life. It’s the difference between society and community. A community is a group of people with a common life.

I don’t think Social Media, as it is, will ever be a community anymore. A digital common life builds around an idea or ideal, and merely being connected is no longer enough.

“A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea.” (Seth Godin, Tribes)

Choose wisely.

About Miguel Panao

I am a Professor at the University of Coimbra in Mechanical Engineering. I am also author of books in the fields of environmental ethics and Science and Religion. From the several research projects, this site is personal and dedicated to the search for the best approaches, tools, techniques to improve scientific productivity.

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