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Trademark Law And The Social Construction Of Trust: Creating The Legal Framework For On-Line Identity, Beth Simone Noveck Jan 2005

Trademark Law And The Social Construction Of Trust: Creating The Legal Framework For On-Line Identity, Beth Simone Noveck

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Trust is the foundation of society for without trust, we cannot cooperate. Trust, in turn, depends upon secure, reliable, and persistent identity. Cyberspace is thought to challenge our ability to build trust because the medium undermines the connection between online pseudonym and offline identity. We have no assurances of who stands behind an online avatar; it may be one person, it may be more, it may be a computer. The legal debate to date has focused exclusively on the question of how to maintain real world identity in cyberspace. But new "social software" technology that enables communities from eBay to …