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Re: creating a decentralized web of trust

From: Stéphane Corlosquet <scorlosquet@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:13:45 -0400
Message-ID: <CAGR+nnH7gs7=gjcEuHP9JY6=caJ9pR1UaH1SAniMkQtGTURr0Q@mail.gmail.com>
To: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Cc: public-rww <public-rww@w3.org>
and possibly also this one, specifically around trust on the web:
http://www.vldb.org/pvldb/vol8/p938-dong.pdf

On Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 10:41 AM, Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
wrote:

>
>
> On 25 July 2015 at 21:34, Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> I've been working lately on creating an identity provider based on the
>> github API
>>
>> In weaving the web, timbl wrote: "The trust engine is the most powerful
>> sort of agent on the Semantic Web" and Im trying to look for ideas on how
>> to create such a thing.  Note also that this group incorporated the web of
>> trust group some time back.  I think when reading and writing to the web
>> it's going to be increasingly important to know whether or not you can
>> trust someone with write access.
>>
>> So, Github provides a number of social signals:
>>
>> - followers
>> - date joined
>> - link to email/homepage
>> - repositories you are a member of
>> - project contributions
>> - how many of your projects are starred
>> - how frequently you have worked
>>
>> And a few more.  I am looking to see how to combine these facts to get a
>> signal score between 0% - 100% as a rough rating, which I can then publish.
>>
>> My algorithm so far is quite basic so far, and only a starting point
>>
>> I multiply the #followers * 3 up to a maximum of 30 followers.  e.g.
>>
>> http://gitpay.org/torvalds -- 90%
>> http://gitpay.org/stratus -- 9 followers = 27%
>>
>> I am looking for ideas on how to improve this algorithm, or maybe find a
>> set of algorithms people can choose from to get out a trust score (however
>> i am scpetical people will have time to code them).
>>
>> The other problem I see is.  You could have a great reputation on
>> twitter, but only 1-2 followers on github that would then not be indicative
>> of overall trust.
>>
>> One question I've been thinking about is "should older accounts be
>> trusted more than new ones?"
>>
>> Would be interested if there were any thoughts on this.
>>
>
> This paper from facebook offers some interesting insights:
>
> http://www.vldb.org/pvldb/vol8/p1804-ching.pdf
>
>


-- 
Steph.
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