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Will the growing digital threat lead to jury lockdowns?

Sequestration may soon be the only way to prevent juries from being compromised, says David Kirwan

16 December 2014

The internet is so ubiquitous that we may soon reach the point where it is unreasonable for a judge to expect jurors to reach their verdicts without prejudice.

Searching for answers, analysis and opinions via our smartphones or tablets is part of digital culture nowadays. We are in an age where not only do we seek information, it seeks us.

Internet cookies help Google and other services build profiles based on our web-browsing habits. That's why a fleeting search for a product, holiday destination or university course can see us pestered by advertisers.

Social media sites are equally smart. Complicated algorithms work hard to predict our interests. Inevitably, the internet will grow in sophistication to the point where computers will accurately second-guess our thoughts.

The internet is becoming increasingly embedded in everyday life. We don't need to plug in and boot up. Connectivity is all around us, constantly cluttering our minds if we let i...

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