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Do C&IT Facilitate the Wrong Things?

Alldridge, Peter W. 2000. Do C&IT Facilitate the Wrong Things? International Review of Law, Computers & Technology 14 (2) , pp. 143-154. 10.1080/13600860050032961

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There is a simple view of the role of C&IT (computers and information technology) in the legal academy that states, 'C&IT is just a tool. Use it or abuse it as you will. It has no ideology. It can no more be a bad thing than can a car or a chisel'. It is an additional resource on top of whatever we had before. I want to link that claim to a set of analogous claims about the relationship between law and science and law and mathematics, and subject them to scrutiny. I shall call these claims (that science, mathematics and computers are 'just' tools) collectively the 'neutrality claim'. So far as concerns computers, I shall suggest that C&IT in law has a tendency either towards reaction or towards reductionism in how we understand law in the academy. I will finish by considering an area in which computers have been relatively more successful-chess-and trying to work through the similarities and distinctions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1360-0869
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 14:07

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