The Online Network of Trust

The Problem with the Internet

The internet is only several decades old, yet it already has become the primary source of information for much of humanity. While we would like to rely on the internet for reliable facts, much of the information taken from the internet has to be viewed skeptically. After all, anyone can publish anything on the web. The amount of information (and misinformation) the internet contains is growing daily. How can anyone sift through it all and learn the truth? How can we know what to trust?

The Solution

Scitru exists to solve the problem of trust on the internet by extending the way people naturally determine trustworthiness. In the real world, we each have a core of people who we trust after repeated demonstrations of honest: friends, family, teachers, and colleagues. When those people tell us someone else is trustworthy, our trust transfers to them.

With Scitru, you can rate people you know online as trustworthy. Those people rate people you don’t know. Scitru uses your personal trust network to determine how trustworthy you should consider everyone online. This differs enormously from existing aggregate trust systems like upvotes or five-star averages because your personal trust network only includes the people you trust. No more trusting anonymous internet users with hidden motives.

Let’s work together to make the internet trustworthy.

How to use Scitru

1) Download the Chrome Extension

Scitru works as a Chrome Extension. Once you've installed it, you can log in to Scitru using your Reddit or Twitter account.

2) Browse Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter

As you search the internet, a trust bubble will show up next to users names, color coded based on how much Scitru has calculated you should trust them.

3) Set Trustworthiness and Certainty

Click on the trust bubbles to manually set how much you trust users and how confident you are about that rating. This will expand your trust network, allowing you to be more confident in the trust ratings.

Get the Chrome Extension

Scitru works as a Google Chrome extension on Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter. Download the Chrome extension, log in with your Facebook, Reddit, or Twitter account (or all three!).