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Courts Are Increasingly Citing Wikipedia Articles in Orders, Finds MIT Study

Courts Are Increasingly Citing Wikipedia Articles in Orders, Finds MIT Study

MIT researchers noticed a rise in the number of citations by court officials and added 150 new Wikipedia entries on Irish Supreme Court rulings.

The knowledge base that is anonymously editable, Wikipedia, has been at the center of various disputes. A Vice News piece from earlier this month claimed that a “lonely” Chinese woman had spent years on the platform penning phony Russian history.

And now, a study has asserted that when Wikipedia contains entries addressing pertinent instances, judges’ legal judgments may be affected.

According to a press statement from the university, the study was conducted by researchers from the Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Courts Are Increasingly Citing Wikipedia Articles in Orders, Finds MIT Study

The Economic Times

Over 150 fresh, law student-written Wikipedia articles on Irish Supreme Court rulings were created as part of the study by the team. To make half of these articles available online for judges, attorneys, and clerks to utilize, the other half were kept offline.

Intentionally, the second section was created to demonstrate what would occur in the absence of a relevant Wikipedia page.

Researchers from MIT discovered that there are fewer papers about Irish Supreme Court rulings than there are for its US counterpart. They saw a jump in citations of more than 20% as soon as the number of these publications rose.

The team said that rather than the Supreme Court itself or the Court of Appeal, these citations primarily came from subordinate courts, including the High Court. They said that to keep up with the hectic court schedules, the clerks at these courts used Wikipedia.

This is the first randomized field experiment that, to our knowledge, looks into how legal sources affect judicial behavior.

We also know the effect we are detecting is causality, not just correlation because randomized experiments are the gold standard for this kind of research “MIT cited Neil Thompson, the study’s primary author, as saying.

We can demonstrate that Wikipedia is affecting what judges cite and how they write up their decisions because, despite the fact that we wrote up all these instances, only those that won the metaphorical “coin flip” wound up on Wikipedia.

The other team members are Xueyun Luo from Cornell University and Brian Flannigan, Edana Richardson, and Brian McKenzie of Maynooth University in Ireland.” The Cambridge Handbook of Experimental Jurisprudence” has published the research.

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Surekha V A
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My name is Surekha Venkatesh , am from Shimoga, Karnataka. I am studying a Bachelor of commerce in Jnn college, Shimoga at Kuvempu University. I am interested in cycling, cooking and reading books. And I am capable of handling a variety of responsibilities in high-pressure situations.
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