The Reputation Market

How Do We Know Who People Are?

It seems worthwhile to revisit the idea of the universal reputation market, in light of Schrödinger's Satoshi Nakamoto. Is this man Satoshi, or isn't he? For now, he equally is and he definitely isn't the progenitor of Bitcoin. No one has yet elaborated a way to decide.

One way, of course, that we might discover if this person is Satoshi Nakamoto is through constant surveillance—both physical and digital. Would that be a good thing?

How do we know who people are? We have some definite if hackable systems, like social security numbers. Names are a problem; sometimes unique, often not. So people are who they say they are—except, more [...]


All Your Accounts Will Be Verified

How can the future have a government-regulated reputation market if you can't express copyright in your online persona(e)? California leads the way starting this brave new year, in which all your accounts are verified: it's now illegal to impersonate people online for nefarious purposes. Specifically: one is a criminal if one "knowingly and without consent credibly impersonates another actual person through or on an Internet Web site or by other electronic means for purposes of harming, intimidating, threatening, or defrauding another person." I think the trick will be in the issue of "harm"? And possibly "defraud"? I mean the good news is that bad things will [...]