“In the foreseeable future, we will not function as a global society without the Net and the immense digital resources and information assets of our society.
The addiction is established—commerce, government, education, and our neighbors offer no option other than to require that we rely upon digital information in making decisions.
But we will not function successfully if the war for control of those assets is lost.
The battlefield, however, is the one on which trust is to be gained or lost—trust in the information we use, trust in the infrastructures that support us, and trust in the decisions we make in a digital world.
As you read these words on the screen before you, think about their origin.
Think about the many paths these words traveled from the keyboard, to digital encrypted storage, to WiFi, to WireGuard Internet Protocol, to LAN, to WAN, to Data Center, to ISP, to CDN, to ISP and finally to your screen, wherever you may find yourself on Earth.
“Digital Trust” in our next decade of human progress, will be a vital imperative. Even more of a challenge, will be the integrity of our growing “Trust Decisions”.
“Trust Decisions” that are essential to your personal and work livelihood, require all of the elements of creating “Digital Trust”.
"What is most critical in all of our future infrastructures, is a more sound and trustworthy foundation. A level of integrity, that shall be our greatest aspiration."
The origin of data is already being created by the software code we have written and it is autonomously being processed, not by neurons but with just the digital code processed by billions of semiconductors and Virtual Machines.
The integrity of the mathematics and the integrity of the data itself is now evermore at stake. The forensics on data has been evolving and the science of forensics of data is gaining velocity.
How fast will you be able to verify that these words were written from neurons and from the cognitive functions of a human? Or could it be Watson?
The velocity of our “TrustDecisions” before us in 2021 and our digital future will continuously rely on our ability to ensure the integrity of the origin and the journey of the data we consume by the Terabyte each day…