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"We are all repositories for genetically-encoded information that we're all spreading back and forth amongst each other, all the time. We're just lousy with information."
- Neal Stephenson

Whuffie  
  A system in which one's actions, as perceived by others, directly procure the necessities of life; reputation-based currency.  

Whuffie recaptured the true essence of money: in the old days, if you were broke but respected, you wouldn't starve; contrariwise, if you were rich and hated, no sum could buy you security and peace. By measuring the thing that money really represented your personal capital with your friends and neighbors you more accurately gauged your success
From Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, by Cory Doctorow.
Published by Tor in 2003
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This strikes me as a digital version of Jack Vance's analog strakh.

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