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Forming a context‐sensitive web of trust by relying on sentimentally like‐minded

Mats Neovius (Department of Information Technologies, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland)
Fredrik Degerlund (Turku Centre for Computer Science & Department of Informatic Technologie, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland, and)
Lu Yan (Department of Computer Science, University College London, UK)

International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications

ISSN: 1742-7371

Article publication date: 4 April 2008




Trust in open networks has emerged as a prime research topic, partly due to the vast unexploited possibilities unrestricted distribution of ideas, innovations and information provided. This paper aims to present an abstract model for anticipating the probabilities of the target object to meet with the expectations of the inquirer, emphasising consistent behaviour and managing diverse conceptions by relying on sentimentally like‐minded.


The basic building blocks of trust are presented and motivated. Each presented problem is addressed and formulas facilitating rightful interpretation are given.


The paper presents some ideas how to approach the problems faced when rightfully interpreting information gathered from anonymous collaborates in a scalable manner by pointing out the basics of them.

Research limitations/implications

This paper depicts ideas as illustrations that are easy to understand and give an overview of the fundamentals on which to conduct further research.


The paper provides a conceptual discussion of the need for trust in open networks.



Neovius, M., Degerlund, F. and Yan, L. (2008), "Forming a context‐sensitive web of trust by relying on sentimentally like‐minded", International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications, Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 92-109.



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