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‘Post Office Horizon’ scandal highlights risks of tech justice: study

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  • The Post Office Horizon scandal exposed the dangers of ‘technological justice’.
  • The study highlights the need for a more nuanced understanding of the interplay between technology and legal processes.

In a recent study by the University of Surrey, researchers examined how the Post Office Horizon scandal revealed the dangers of ‘technological justice’. The Horizon software, designed to manage finances, contained errors that led to false accusations of theft against over 700 individuals, causing financial ruin, emotional distress, and imprisonment. The study emphasizes the need for critical scrutiny of technical data in legal decision-making to prevent miscarriages of justice.

The authors used a zemiological framework to analyze the social harms caused by the scandal, including financial losses, emotional trauma, and societal damage. The study calls for a deeper understanding of how technology shapes legal processes and the importance of human judgment in integrating technology responsibly within the legal system.


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