Thomas F. Gordon

Argumentation Technology

Tom Gordon is a computer scientist and lawyer who has conducted research on argumentation technology in the fields of “artificial intelligence and law” and “computational models of argument” and holds an honorary professorship for argumentation technology at the Institute of Computer Science of the University of Potsdam. The goal of his research has been to provide software tools for governance tasks in the policy life cycle: agenda setting, analysis, policy development and legislation, implementation (including administrative rulemaking and electronic service delivery), and monitoring. Tom Gordon retired in 2017.

Example types of applications included:

  • systems for constructing (“inventing”), structuring, evaluating and visualizing arguments
  • rule-based systems for managing and applying legislation and regulations
  • groupware systems for supporting online dispute resolution and deliberative democracy
  • regulatory compliance systems, for helping businesses to meet their legal obligations at minimal cost
  • systems for helping citizens apply for governmental benefits and services
  • systems for helping software developers to resolve open source licensing issues policy modeling and legislative support systems for drafting and analyzing policies, laws and regulations
  • document assembly systems for supporting the drafting of legal documents

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