Trust in the social computing: The case of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing networks

Heng Xu, Tamara Dinev, Hao Wang, Rachida Parks

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Abstract

Social computing and online communities are changing the fundamental way people communicate and share information. Social computing focuses on how users may have more autonomy to express their ideas and participate in social exchanges in various ways, one of which may be Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing. Given the risk of opportunistic behavior by malicious and/or criminal communities within the P2P networks, it is crucial to understand the factors that affect individual's usage of P2P sharing software. In this paper, we develop and empirically test a research model which includes trust beliefs and perceived risks as two major antecedent beliefs to the usage intention. Six trust antecedents are assessed including knowledge-based trust, cognitive trust, and both organizational and peer-network factors of institutional trust. Our preliminary results show general support for the model, and offer some important implications for software vendors in P2P sharing industry and regulatory bodies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009
Pages3823-3833
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 6 2009Aug 9 2009

Publication series

Name15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009
Volume6

Other

Other15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period8/6/098/9/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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