Commentary: A "source" of error: Computer code, criminal defendants, and the constitution

Duncan A. Taylor, Jo Anne Bright, John Buckleton

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    A commentary on
    A “Source” of Error: Computer Code, Criminal Defendants, and the Constitution
    by Chessman, C. (2017). Calif. Law Rev. 105, 101–193.
    Chessman (2017) warns of the current trend to admit into court unchallenged the results of
    complex computerized calculations. He provides a number of examples and arguments claimed
    to demonstrate the need for open source software to remove the “black box” element. We agree
    with parts of this sentiment, and the topic of this special issue, that there is a danger with those
    using and receiving information from black box systems. Some care however is needed with simple diagnoses and prescriptions such as these.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number33
    Number of pages3
    JournalFrontiers in Genetics
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2017

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    Copyright © 2017 Taylor, Bright and Buckleton. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.


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