Remove the Barriers to Finding Context
The public often discovers new insight into a civic issue by reading a news story. The web is particularly adapted to allowing the reader to dig deeper by clicking a link and diving into more detailed documentation. Thus, the online court record platform should make filings freely available. This would allow a citizen, scholar, blogger, or other journalist to read a news story about a court case, click the link in an article, and instantly begin exploring the source documents upon which the story was built. This will also provide a wisdom of the crowds effect to oversee the quality of the news story itself. “Crowd-checking” to provide basic fact-checking and bias detection.