For more than a year, I've been researching subjective moderation systems as part of my Master's thesis. What I ended up with is TrustNet, a system for representing, and interacting with, computational trust.

In the linked article, I summarize my research, link to the academic article I wrote, the code I produced, and the 30 minute Master's thesis presentation I held at the end of May.

The academic report I wrote goes wider than just describing TrustNet, meaning you should read it if you want to understand:

* how Scuttlebutt works
* what public-key cryptography is
* the nuance of content moderation
* (peer-to-peer) distributed systems
* computational trust

As far as I could motivate it, my thesis is basically a from-the-ground-up introductory text to the fundamentals underpinning peer-to-peer systems like SSB, Cabal, and others.

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One of my priorities is converting that research into user-friendly tools and infrastructure; it's not enough to write code, people have to be able to use the things, too. See for an example of that in practice.

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If you align with the work I am doing, and you have the means, you can support my independent research:

If I can reach ~1k USD per month, I can keep researching independently, indefinitely.

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1k USD p/m gang!

congrats on this amazing work and thanks so much for sharing! 🙌 🖤

@cblgh Very interesting and with an excellent trust graph demo! Thank you for sharing.

@amorris thank you! really appreciate yr sponsoring as well ^___^

@cblgh "The group containing the lowest trust ranks is discarded, and the remaining two are merged, representing TrustNet's trusted peers."

If a group contains no abusive people, can the lowest ranked cluster be empty? Or does there always need to be someone who is made sacrifice?

@faun no i add a sentinel to handle that case, sacrifices not required

@cblgh I had to ask because a constant red queen's race of elimination to avoid being the least annoying person would probably have genuinely interesting results, although I would not want to live there

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