​​​​​​​​​​​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.

Don't forget to visit our BONG! archive.  All our BONG! items are available and searchable (via your web browser). Thought you saw it?  Now you can search for it!


New technology-assisted review (TAR) protocol, order from US special master Maura Grossman in In re Broiler Chicken matter (CTRL) https://maas-bong.io/2DhkQYj


Singapore makes major move into legaltech (Global Legal Post) https://maas-bong.io/2B5Z5Vl


Computers are getting better than humans at reading (CNN) https://maas-bong.io/2B58IDO


Lawyers and technology: frenemies or collaborators? (Forbes) https://maas-bong.io/2B3CAAd


How AI will impact your IT career (CIO) https://maas-bong.io/2B5kUV6


2017 GDPR report: how organisations around the world are preparing to comply, which countries and regions are ready and which are not (Veritas) https://maas-bong.io/2Df57ci


King & Wood Mallesons launches virtual trainee programme (Global Legal Post) https://maas-bong.io/2B5vknG


The Sedona Conference has published the final version of its data privacy primer (CloudNine) https://maas-bong.io/2B8csVa


The data-driven lawyer and the future of legal technology (Law Technology Today) https://maas-bong.io/2DfdnbZ


It's the Kodak moment for law firms (Global Legal Post) https://maas-bong.io/2Di2mHe


Apparently size does matter: eDiscovery business confidence survey results – winter 2018 (Complex Discovery) https://maas-bong.io/2Dhub2k

A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars/webcasts

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

16 Jan 1300 EST Risks and responsibilities: The ethics of legal holds (BIA/ACEDS) 

16 Jan 1400 ET Positioning for GDPR compliance (Grant Thornton US) https://maas-bong.io/2AUgiB4

17 Jan 1800 GMT Auto-classification 101: creating structure from unstructured data (Valora)


17 Jan 1900 GMT Using legal research strategically to differentiate your firm

(LTRC/Westlaw) https://maas-bong.io/2D5Iozl

17 Jan 1500 GMT Augmenting human intelligence (Nuix) https://maas-bong.io/2B56B2w

18 Jan 1200 ET Cyber and law: it’s really about the money (Axinn/Evolver) 

18 Jan 1300 ET Mobile discovery in real life (ACEDS/QDiscovery) https://maas-bong.io/2B6gEo3

18 Jan 1200 EST Building effective discovery teams through relationship management (Epiq)


23 Jan 1100 EST 2018 Cybersecurity predictions (Aon/Stroz Friedberg) 

24 Jan 1800 GMT How to prepare for the 2018 cyber threats (Proofpoint) 

24 Jan 1800 GMT Artificial intelligence: what can it offer to, and what does it need from, the legal profession (BigML/Artificial Lawyer) https://maas-bong.io/2D64gdS

25 Jan 1900 GMT Theory to practice: insider threat lessons from Waymo v Uber (Nuix) https://maas-bong.io/2B3ZAix

07 Feb 1800 GMT “Exhibit A, your Honour…”  Getting your electronic records and data in to court under the new US rules of evidence (MER Conference) https://maas-bong.io/2AUuius

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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. 

(Incidentally, and for those outside the UK (or in the UK but without televisions), BONG! is a reference to the main evening TV news in the UK, on which headlines are read out between strikes (bongs) of the now-silent Big Ben, the bell in the Elizabeth Tower (renamed from the Clock Tower in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee) at the Palace of Westminster.  You can thank a particularly persistent pedant early on in the life of the BONG! for this rather precise explanation.)

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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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