David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Ethics and Information Technology 2010 (12):343-355 (2010)
In this paper I use philosophical accounts on the relationship between trust and knowledge in science to apprehend this relationship on the Web. I argue that trust and knowledge are fundamentally entangled in our epistemic practices. Yet despite this fundamental entanglement, we do not trust blindly. Instead we make use of knowledge to rationally place or withdraw trust. We use knowledge about the sources of epistemic content as well as general background knowledge to assess epistemic claims. Hence, although we may have a default to trust, we remain and should remain epistemically vigilant; we look out and need to look out for signs of insincerity and dishonesty in our attempts to know. A fundamental requirement for such vigilance is transparency: in order to critically assess epistemic agents, content and processes, we need to be able to access and address them. On the Web, this request for transparency becomes particularly pressing if (a) trust is placed in unknown human epistemic agents and (b) if it is placed in non-human agents, such as algorithms. I give examples of the entanglement between knowledge and trust on the Web and draw conclusions about the forms of transparency needed in such systems to support epistemically vigilant behaviour, which empowers users to become responsible and accountable knowers
|Keywords||Knowledge Recommender systems Trust Wikipedia Web Algorithmic authority Epistemic practices Socio-technical epistemic systems|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Philip Kitcher (1993). The Advancement of Science: Science Without Legend, Objectivity Without Illusions. Oxford University Press.
Helen Longino (2002). The Fate of Knowledge. Princeton University Press.
Annette Baier (1986). Trust and Antitrust. Ethics 96 (2):231-260.
Geoffrey C. Bowker & Susan Leigh Star (2001). Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences. Journal of the History of Biology 34 (1):212-214.
Alvin I. Goldman (2001). Experts: Which Ones Should You Trust? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 63 (1):85-110.
Citations of this work BETA
Karen Frost-Arnold (2014). Trustworthiness and Truth: The Epistemic Pitfalls of Internet Accountability. Episteme 11 (1):63-81.
Boaz Miller & Isaac Record (2013). Justified Belief in a Digital Age: On the Epistemic Implications of Secret Internet Technologies. Episteme 10 (02):117 - 134.
Paul B. de Laat (2012). Open Source Production of Encyclopedias: Editorial Policies at the Intersection of Organizational and Epistemological Trust. Social Epistemology 26 (1):71-103.
Herman T. Tavani (2015). Levels of Trust in the Context of Machine Ethics. Philosophy and Technology 28 (1):75-90.
Pompeu Casanovas (2015). Semantic Web Regulatory Models: Why Ethics Matter. Philosophy and Technology 28 (1):33-55.
Similar books and articles
Linda Zagzebski (2003). Epistemic Trust. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 10 (2):113-117.
Paul Faulkner (2011). Knowledge on Trust. OUP Oxford.
Lars Hertzberg (1988). On the Attitude of Trust. Inquiry 31 (3):307 – 322.
Ian Frowe (2005). Professional Trust. British Journal of Educational Studies 53 (1):34 - 53.
Robert C. Solomon (1998). Creating Trust. Business Ethics Quarterly 8 (2):205-232.
Matteo Turilli, Antonino Vaccaro & Mariarosaria Taddeo (2010). The Case of Online Trust. Knowledge, Technology & Policy 23 (3-4):333-345.
Jessica Miller (2003). Trust in Strangers, Trust in Friends. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 10 (1):17-22.
Snježana Prijić-Samaržija (2001). Trust and Epistemic Cooperation. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 1 (2):147-157.
Snjezana Prijic-Samarzija (2007). Trust and Contextualism. Acta Analytica 22 (2):125-138.
Cynthia Townley (2003). Trust and the Curse of Cassandra (An Exploration of the Value of Trust). Philosophy in the Contemporary World 10 (2):105-111.
Added to index2010-07-19
Total downloads31 ( #124,785 of 1,793,065 )
Recent downloads (6 months)8 ( #101,542 of 1,793,065 )
How can I increase my downloads?