Human Behaviour in Technology Adoption

In 80s, India faced a horrific industrial disaster when there was a gas leakage in Union Carbide’s pesticide plant in Bhopal leading to death and injuries to thousands of people. The Indian Government filed a lawsuit against the company in the district court of Bhopal.
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I remember reading at that time in press that the some of the American lawyers representing Union Carbide were carrying laptop to the court room and it was strenuously objected to by the Indian lawyers on the other side as being an unknown technology and offering undue advantage to the other side. More than three decades have passed since then and while technology adoption in Indian courts has gradually increased, it has a long way to go in terms of improving efficiency and ease of access to the judiciary and litigants. Furthermore, the implementation remains patchy across various courts. The common reasons offered for slow adoption of technology have been legal traditions, the need to balance innovation with security and due process, investment required etc. Last year India had the dubious distinction of its pending court cases hitting 50 million mark. This was less than 30 million around fifteen years back.