Catching The Cheaters

from the they're-out-there dept

The Economist has an article about a piece of technology that can catch students who are plagiarizing their papers. That, by itself, isn’t all that interesting. There have been similar technologies we’ve spoken about in the past. The interesting part is near the end of the article where they talk about who’s buying the software. They point out that research has shown that dishonesty in publishing positively correlates to high academic achievement. In other words, the cheaters do much better in school (which may or may not be surprising, depending on how you look at it). Thus, some of the “top notch” universities (as described by the article) don’t want to use it, because it will shame them and their best students. However, the article does mention that instead of the “top notch” schools, plenty of just “good” schools (including my alma mater, Cornell) are happily using the technology. Of course, I take offense to the idea that Cornell is just a “good” school as opposed to a “top notch” one, but at least we’re honest. The creator of the technology says, “You apply our technology at Harvard and it would be like a nuclear bomb going off.”

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Catching The Cheaters”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
1 Comment

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...