Reputation in privacy enhancing technologies

Abstract

Reputation is the linchpin of a dynamic and pseudonymous future. In a networked world where individuals interact via anonymous remailers, and where the online services they use are themselves provided by an ever-changing pool of semi-anonymous users, the distinction between pseudonym and identity blurs. In this world, reputation is one of the few tools that can still provide trust --- trust among the users of distributed services, and even the trust necessary to maintain reliability and accountability of these services.

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