14.9% of proposals by members of Parliament include fully copied paragraphs
Organisation: El Mercurio (Chile)
Publication Date: 02/03/2015
Description65 members of Parliament from different parties —left and right wings— and no party at all submitted between March and June, 2014, 14 bills with paragraphs copied word for word from other sources which were not quoted: foreign researches, government reports, web pages and even Wikipedia. Also, merits and sections of motions advanced earlier by themselves or other congressmen were “reused”. El Polígrafo —which in this issue reaches its first year in fact-checking the domestic politics— subjects to scrutiny proposals by this legislature.
Technologies used for this project:To this story, 94 motions and 18 presidential speeches given between March 11 and June 16, 2014, available on the Congress bulletin, were reviewed. All of them were analyzed with two copying-detection programs —Plagium and CopyScape— that mix information contained in public search engines as Google, Yahoo! and Bing, and in social networks as Twitter and Facebook.
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