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Decision making in the self-evolved collegiate court: Wikipedia’s Arbitration Committee and its implications for self-governance and judiciary in cyberspace

Title
Decision making in the self-evolved collegiate court: Wikipedia’s Arbitration Committee and its implications for self-governance and judiciary in cyberspace
Author
Konieczny, Piotr Bronislaw
Keywords
Cognitive biases; collegiate courts; decision making; oligarchy; Wikipedia
Issue Date
2017-08
Publisher
SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
Citation
INTERNATIONAL SOCIOLOGY, v. 32, No. 6, Page. 755-774
Abstract
This article considers the extent to which non-legal factors (nationality, activity/experience, conflict avoidance, and time constraints) affect decision making within collegiate courts, through the study of the Wikipedia’s Arbitration Committee. That body is a self-evolved collegiate court of the Internet’s fifth most popular website, whose judges (known as arbitrators) are volunteers. This study shows that the decision-making process of this body seems mostly unaffected by the demographic factors studied and the acclimatization bias. Some evidence of conflict avoidance is found. Despite the professed equality of members of the Committee, there is clear evidence that some are much more active (and thus, influential) than others. Compared to most traditional court settings, in the volunteer collegiate court studied here, time constraints play a much more significant role than previously suggested in the literature.
URI
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0268580917722906https://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/72268
ISSN
0268-5809; 1461-7242
DOI
10.1177/0268580917722906
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