The Word 'trust'

The word 'trust' in the title of the dissertation points to the qualitative standards for the settings of social interaction I intend to investigate. In this study I will argue that presence as a phenomenon is influenced by technology, and that social structures that rely on presence will therefore be affected by technology as well. The design of presence appears to have a profound influence on the way we trust, and how the delegation of trust between actors develops. This study will not elaborate on trust as such, it will establish the connection between the design of presence and the design of trust. Further research would be required to understand how trust, and what kind of trust, evolves as a consequence of the design of presence.