New ways of meeting and keeping in contact with each other, such as social media, present us with a whole new set of information on which we can base our judgments of others. How have social rituals, like remembering birthdays, been changed by the enhanced prosthetic memory that digital communication affords us? How do we decide who is and isn’t trustworthy in this environment? And finally, what happens when the object of our judgment is a computer or robot – how do we assess trustworthiness then?

We spoke with Judith Donath of Harvard University’s Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society about trust, signaling and deception and its ability to both break and build flourishing communities.

Part 1 of the presentation is above; the rest are after the jump.

This program is part of the project “Science Education for Jewish Professionals,” a series of webinars run in partnership the American Association for the Advancement of Science Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion, in partnership with Sinai and Synapses, hosted by Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and funded by the John Templeton Foundation.

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