49% of Links in Supreme Court Opinions Don’t Work

“Link rot” at the Supreme Court: 49% of links in decisions don’t work (GigaOM, 23 Sept 2013) – Adam Liptak of theNew York Times provides a lively account of how half the links in Supreme Court decisions — links that provide precedent and justify the law — lead to broken or missing webpages. The so-called “link rot,” described in a Harvard study, is a problem for the legal profession, and shows how courts’ shift away from fusty paper practices isn’t all positive. More broadly, the situation shows how future discussions of infrastructure renewal should encompass plans to repair the country’s digital infrastructure as well.

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