FirstMonday‘s special issue on Internet banking, e-money and the Internet gift economy includes a “reprint” of my paper Trust in Electronic Markets, published almost 10 years ago. I took the opportunity in the special issue to reflect on what has changed over the past decade:
This paper was certainly a creature of its time. A decade ago the Internet bubble was receiving its first puffs of exaggerated exuberance. For me, this time was also informed by Barlow’s A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace and more importantly, May’s Crypto Anarchist Manifesto. The Internet and the anonymous cryptographic markets that would evolve upon it were immensely exciting. Or, at least their potential was exciting; the vision has yet to be.