Toward Trust as Result. A Transdisciplinary Research Agenda for the ‘Future of the Internet’

  • Stefano De Paoli National University of Ireland Maynootj
  • GR Gangadharan Politecnico di Milano, Dept. of Electronics and Informatics
  • Aphra Kerr
  • Vincenzo D'Andrea
Keywords: Trust, Future of the Internet, Trust Modelling, Trust as Result, Assemblage,


Trust has emerged as one of the key challenges for the Future of the Internet and as a key theme of European research. We are convinced that a transdisciplinary research agenda - that we define to as Trust as Result - shared by Sociology and Computer Science, is of paramount importance for devising sustainable Trust solutions for the (Future) Internet stakeholders. The scope of this paper is to present some aspects we consider important for building such an agenda. We distinguish our agenda by comparison with one of the current mainstream interdisciplinary approaches to Trust, that we define to as Trust Modelling and that assumes Trust to be the input of the design of trustworthy ICTs. We propose a different point of view based on the concept of Assemblage as proposed by DeLanda and focus on how we can obtain Trust as the result of the design.

Author Biography

Stefano De Paoli, National University of Ireland Maynootj
PostDoc, at the Department of Sociology, National University of Ireland Maynooth
Special Issue: ICTs and Society - A New Transdiscipline?