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Rent-seeking behaviour dies hard

What this technology could excel at […], is improving the efficiency of society as a whole, by making available to the world an always-on ‘world computer’ we all share.

Do You Believe in Tinker Bell? The Social Externalities of Trust

This paper explores how we can crowdsource trust. Tor bridges help censorship victims access the Internet freely, and there are not enough of them. We want to motivate lots of people to provide them, and the best providers are simply those who help the most victims. So trust should flow from the support of the users, and it should be hard for powerful third parties to pervert. Perhaps a useful mascot is Tinker Bell, the fairy in Peter Pan, whose power waxes and wanes with the number of children who believe in her.