It existed in the past, exists today and will exist in the future. “Plagiarism, the act of taking another’s work and passing it off as your own, has almost certainly been with us since the dawn of artwork and written language. For as long as there has been art and artists, there have been people who have put their name to it incorrectly.”
Plagiarism is not the privilege of developed or less developed countries, neither small nor large, it is an epidemic that knows no boundaries. The vision of obtaining the degree is able to wrestle moral and ethical barriers for politically and publicly active people too.
Plagiarism and technology
Technology always helps plagiarists and, on the other hand, contributes to progress in plagiarism detection. The massive use of information and communication technology and Internet resulted in – among other things – faster spreading of plagiarism. And this has affected universities in particular.
The detection of plagiarism by means of information and communication technologies has a relatively long tradition – since the 1970s. Firstly, there was work to detect plagiarism in program source codes, and then to detect plagiarism in text documents. In 1997, the first commercial product was launched to detect plagiarism. The product was successful, and it has already achieved international recognition in the next year.
Convergence of technologies like artificial intelligence / machine learning / deep learning to maturity opens new possibilities to improve plagiarism detection processes. Taking into account advanced technologies and algorithms the challenge to redefine plagiarism detection requirements is standing before us as an important task.
Plagiarism is a “serious disease” that has to be treated on a family level, school level, national level and the global level too. The existence of the US higher education plagiarism policy could significantly contribute to the fight against plagiarism and could be one of the mainstays. Initiatives like open science, open data, open access can support the Pan-European Repository of Theses and Dissertations and Plagiarism Detection. The other necessary and important factors could help significantly: bottom-up and top-down will, clearly defined needs and a regulatory framework.
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