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Table of Contents

Advance Praise for Liars and Outliers

Title Page



A Note for Readers

Chapter 1: Overview

Part I: The Science of Trust

Chapter 2: A Natural History of Security

Chapter 3: The Evolution of Cooperation

Chapter 4: A Social History of Trust

Chapter 5: Societal Dilemmas

Part II: A Model of Trust

Chapter 6: Societal Pressures

Chapter 7: Moral Pressures

Chapter 8: Reputational Pressures

Chapter 9: Institutional Pressures

Chapter 10: Security Systems

Part III: The Real World

Chapter 11: Competing Interests

Chapter 12: Organizations

Chapter 13: Corporations

Chapter 14: Institutions

Part IV: Conclusions

Chapter 15: How Societal Pressures Fail

Chapter 16: Technological Advances

Chapter 17: The Future




Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17


About the Author

Advance Praise for Liars and Outliers

“A rich, insightfully fresh take on what security really means!”

—David Ropeik

author of
How Risky is it, Really?



“Schneier has accomplished a spectacular tour de force: an enthralling ride through history, economics, and psychology, searching for the meanings of trust and security. A must read.”

—Alessandro Acquisti

Associate Professor of Information Systems and Public Policy at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University



Liars and Outliers
offers a major contribution to the understandability of these issues, and has the potential to help readers cope with the ever-increasing risks to which we are being exposed. It is well written and delightful to read.”

—Peter G. Neumann

Principal Scientist in the SRI International Computer Science Laboratory



“Whether it's banks versus robbers, Hollywood versus downloaders, or even the Iranian secret police against democracy activists, security is often a dynamic struggle between a majority who want to impose their will, and a minority who want to push the boundaries.
Liars and Outliers
will change how you think about conflict, our security, and even who we are.”

—Ross Anderson

Professor of Security Engineering at Cambridge University and author of
Security Engineering



“Readers of Bruce Schneier's
Liars and Outliers
will better understand technology and its consequences and become more mature practitioners.”

—Pablo G. Molina

Professor of Technology Management, Georgetown University



Liars and Outliers
is not just a book about security—it is the book about it. Schneier shows that the power of humour can be harnessed to explore even a serious subject such as security. A great read!”

—Frank Furedi

Professor Emeritus, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, The University of Kent at Canterbury and author of
On Tolerance: A Defence of Moral Independence



“This fascinating book gives an insightful and convincing framework for understanding security and trust.”

—Jeff Yan

Founding Research Director, Center for Cybercrime and Computer Security, Newcastle University



“By analyzing the moving parts and interrelationships among security, trust, and society, Schneier has identified critical patterns, pressures, levers, and security holes within society. Clearly written, thoroughly interdisciplinary, and always smart,
Liars and Outliers
provides great insight into resolving society's various dilemmas.”

—Jerry Kang

Professor of Law, UCLA



“By keeping the social dimension of trust and security in the center of his analysis, Schneier breaks new ground with an approach that's both theoretically grounded and practically applicable.”

—Jonathan Zittrain

Professor of Law and Computer Science, Harvard University and author of
The Future of the Internet—And How to Stop It



“Eye opening. Bruce Schneier provides a perspective you need to understand today's world.”

—Steven A. LeBlanc

Director of Collections, Harvard University and author of
Constant Battles: Why We Fight



“An outstanding investigation of the importance of trust in holding society together and promoting progress.
Liars and Outliers
provides valuable new insights into security and economics.”

—Andrew Odlyzko

Professor, School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota



“What Schneier has to say about trust—and betrayal—lays a groundwork for greater understanding of human institutions. This is an essential exploration as society grows in size and complexity.”

—Jim Harper

Director of Information Policy Studies, CATO Institute and author of
Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood



“Society runs on trust.
Liars and Outliers
explains the trust gaps we must fill to help society run even better.”

—M. Eric Johnson

Director, Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College



“An intellectually exhilarating and compulsively readable analysis of the subtle dialectic between cooperation and defection in human society. Intellectually rigorous and yet written in a lively, conversational style,
Liars and Outliers
will change the way you see the world.”

—David Livingstone Smith

Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of New England and author of
Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others



“Schneier tackles trust head on, bringing all his intellect and a huge amount of research to bear. The best thing about this book, though, is that it's great fun to read.”

—Andrew McAfee

Principal Research Scientist, MIT Center for Digital Business and co-author of
Race Against the Machine



“Bruce Schneier is our leading expert in security. But his book is about much more than reducing risk. It is a fascinating, thought-provoking treatise about humanity and society and how we interact in the game called life.”

—Jeff Jarvis

author of
Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live



“Both accessible and thought provoking,
Liars and Outliers
invites readers to move beyond fears and anxieties about security in modern life to understand the role of everyday people in creating a healthy society. This is a must-read!”

—danah boyd

Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University



“Trust is the
sine qua non
of the networked age and trust is predicated on security. Bruce Schneier's expansive and readable work is rich with insights that can help us make our shrinking world a better one.”

—Don Tapscott

co-author of
Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World



“An engaging and wide-ranging rumination on what makes society click. Highly recommended.”

—John Mueller

Senior Research Scientist, Mershon Center, Ohio State University, and author of
Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them

Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust That Society Needs to Thrive

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