​​​​​​​​​​​An informal and occasional selection of recent international eDisclosure/eDiscovery/GDPR/legal IT/data protection/information governance/interesting news/articles collated by Jonathan Maas of The Maas Consulting Group in London.  Anyone can email​ Jonathan@MaasConsultingGroup.com to subscribe/unsubscribe.  Simply pick and click from below.

The below links are copied from a recent BONG! I BONG! most work days as an email to subscribers: anyone can email Jonathan@MaasConsultingGroup.com to subscribe/unsubscribe.  The email version also carries a list of upcoming and potentially interesting webinars/webcasts.

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Jonathan Maas' thoughts on the proposed new disclosure regime, as provided by him to the Disclosure Working Group (Legal IT Insider) https://maas-bong.io/2FqIEcm


Blockchain and eDiscovery meet in the middle: iCONECT partners with Leonovus (Legaltech News) https://maas-bong.io/2Fu177L


Data analytics are all fun and games until Uber accuses you of a one night stand (Computing) https://maas-bong.io/2FtQrGl


The rise of predictive coding (Taylor Wessing) https://maas-bong.io/2FrBTHp


"Thou shalt not always beat us at chess": an alternative 10 commandments for robots (The Grauniad) https://maas-bong.io/2HaQdRI


A 2018 US legal technology salary mashup (ComplexDiscovery) https://maas-bong.io/2Hdu3hU


Farewell speech by the retiring Lord Justice Jackson (Ministry of Justice) https://maas-bong.io/2H7jsov


Risk smoke detector: using AI-powered conceptual analytics to find what matters, when it matters (Legal IT Professionals) https://maas-bong.io/2HaUx3f


A day in the life of a 15th-century barrister (Order of the Coif) https://maas-bong.io/2FshRfE

A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars/webcasts

Continuous series of free events around the UK: Let's talk about artificial intelligence (AI) in the legal sector (Nalytics) https://maas-bong.io/2yMGAId

06 Mar 1300 ET Networking: how to plug in… and we don't mean hard drives! (ACEDS/Relativity) https://maas-bong.io/2BU66wk

07 Mar 1300 ET Practical use-cases for leveraging AI/machine learning today (Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2s44E7g

13 Mar 1230 EDT Levelling the playing field: how solos and small firms can thrive today with tech (Above the Law) 

13 Mar 1300 ET Navigating the high-stakes world of eDiscovery billing (Logikcull) 

14 Mar 1300 ET The end of point tools: how an eDiscovery technology platform approach makes life easier (Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2s44Sv8

20 Mar 1300 ET No silver bullet covers all GDPR requirements… but there is a lot you can do (ACEDS/Zylab) https://maas-bong.io/2BTV6iG

28 Mar 1915 GMT The corporate and personal reputational risks of LinkedIn - how executives and business owners can get the best out of LinkedIn (Temple Brown) https://maas-bong.io/2FvsQFl

Let me know if you have an upcoming webinar you'd like to see included in this list.

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By the way, we have noticed that sometimes the links we compile above have registration/paywall information inserted between the referenced site and you.  At the time we compose these emails there are no such distractions so we can only assume sites randomly impose registration/payment requirements on links to them.  We apologise in advance as my intention is to give you all untrammelled access to this information. 

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(06 March 2018)

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The Maas Consulting Group is led by Jonathan Maas, a renowned paper and electronic discovery/disclosure veteran with an unparalleled 35 years experience in the field: 29 years in international law firms and six years in international consultancies. Jonathan speaks and writes on the subject widely and has been involved in developing civil procedure in England & Wales to respond to the modern demands of litigating in the digital age.

Jonathan’s métier is acting as a verbal or written bridge between technical experts and lay people, whether it’s conveying complex technology concepts to a legal audience or explaining matters of detailed legal procedure to IT specialists. He has the ability to unite diverse teams to complete discovery exercises as cost- and time-effectively as possible. In this way he has delivered numerous successful projects for national and international businesses and local and central government.  This translates into extremely experienced and empathetic support for lawyers and IT professionals.

His experience of identifying, collecting, classifying and acting on data in the legal environments of investigations and disputes continues to add value in the current environment of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Information Governance and preparations for the UK to leave the European Union (BREXIT). Sound and defensible data management is more important in business than it has ever been.

Jonathan has also researched and implemented computer systems in law firms for the purposes of library and know-how management, litigation support, costs budgeting, collaborative working and more.

At a glance, since 1982 Jonathan has worked at:

Hogan Lovells

Simmons & Simmons

DLA Piper


Huron Legal


Maas Consulting Group

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Although based in London Jonathan has set up and managed specific case teams in Australia, Bermuda, France and Hong Kong. 

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