Special Issue "Computation, Law and the Net—The Future of Law in the Computational Social Science Era"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Nicola Lettieri

1. INAPP - National Institute for Public Policies Analysis, C.so d'Italia 33, 00198 - Rome, Italy
2. Dept. of Law, Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods, University of Sannio, Piazza Arechi II, 82100 - Benevento, Italy
Interests: law and computational social sciences; complexity-inspired approaches to law and policy making; social simulation; normative multi agent systems; social network analysis; visual legal analytics; legal informatics; gamification and legal education; e-government; open data
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Radboud Winkels

Dean PPLE College, Leibniz Center for Law, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam, BG 13a, Vendelstraat 8, Room 2.20, 1000 BA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Interests: AI & law; legal informatics Legal Network Analysis; Natural Language Processing; Legal Ontologies
Guest Editor
Dr. Sebastiano Faro

Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques of the National Research Council of Italy (ITTIG-CNR), Via dei Barucci 20, 50127 Florence, Italy
Interests: legal informatics; law and computational social science; e-government; automated legal information processing
Guest Editor
Dr. Delfina Malandrino

Department of Computer Science, University of Salerno, Via Giovanni Paolo II, 84084 Fisciano (SA), Italy
Interests: Privacy; Green and Sustainable Computing; Power-aware software; Social Network Analysis; Criminal Network Analysis; Visualization; Benchmarking; Usability Studies; Open data; Collaborative and Learning Systems; Distributed and Intermediary Systems
Guest Editor
Dr. Dazza Greenwood

Human Dynamics Lab - MIT Media Laboratories, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Interests: computational law; law and big data; big data privacy; legal hacking; legal informatics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Together with the rise of computational power and the data deluge, the growth of the Internet ecosystem is the driver of a deep change in our lives. We are witnessing a development that not only is reshaping economies, societies and institutions worldwide, but is also impacting the way in which science is done.

According to a growing and heterogeneous literature, the computational social science paradigm is drastically increasing our understanding of social dynamics and our ability to manage social complexity. Seen in this perspective, computational social science (CSS) represents a topic of great interest for the legal world. The law itself is at the same time a social phenomenon and an ordering factor of social life. CSS, on the one hand, promises to shed a new light on socio-legal dynamics, on the other, it is gradually providing innovative tools capable to support public institutions in a series of legally relevant activities spanning from policy design to rule making, from regulatory impact analysis to law enforcement. The use of online experiments, sentiment analysis techniques or agent-based social simulations in the legal world are just a few examples of an uncharted scientific and applicative landscape that is worth being explored.

This Special Issue aims at bringing together contributions discussing research issues at a theoretical level or presenting projects and applications of CSS that can be considered relevant for the legal field.

Prof. Dr. Nicola Lettieri
Guest Editor

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  • computational social science
  • law
  • rule making
  • policy design
  • big data
  • data-led science
  • eparticipation
  • e-government
  • social network analysis
  • social media analysis
  • social simulation
  • data visualization
  • quantitative legal prediction
  • online experiments

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Open AccessArticle Challenges When Using Jurimetrics in Brazil—A Survey of Courts
Future Internet 2017, 9(4), 68; doi:10.3390/fi9040068
Received: 1 October 2017 / Revised: 11 October 2017 / Accepted: 16 October 2017 / Published: 25 October 2017
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Jurimetrics is the application of quantitative methods, usually statistics, to law. An important step to implement a jurimetric analysis is to extract raw data from courts and organize that data in a way that can be processed. Most of the raw data is
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Jurimetrics is the application of quantitative methods, usually statistics, to law. An important step to implement a jurimetric analysis is to extract raw data from courts and organize that data in a way that can be processed. Most of the raw data is unstructured and written in natural language, which stands as a challenge to Computer Science experts. As it requires expertise in law, statistics, and computer science, jurimetrics is a multidisciplinary field. When trying to implement a jurimetric system in Brazil, additional challenges were identified due to the heterogeneity of the different court systems, the lack of standards, and how the open data laws in Brazil are interpreted and implemented. In this article, we present a survey of Brazilian courts in terms of readiness to implement a jurimetric system. Analyzing a sample of data, we have found, in light of Brazil’s open data regulation, privacy issues and technical issues. Finally, we propose a roadmap that encompasses both technology and public policy to meet those challenges. Full article

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