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BONG! archive 2018

2017     2016

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


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Understanding eDiscovery in criminal cases (CloudNine) https://maas-bong.io/2B32TGH

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Five myths about legal analytics busted (law.com) https://maas-bong.io/2B2nQ4H

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On why leadership may not be what you think (Daniel Gold) https://maas-bong.io/2B2hNgF

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Ever wondered how ICIJ's model of collaboration works? Read this firsthand account of the Paradise Papers (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) https://maas-bong.io/2B3JXb4

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20 botched words that'll weaken your legal drafting (Time) https://maas-bong.io/2B1EAck

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Technology: playing the end game - what will the next iteration of the law firm look like? (The Law Society Gazette) https://maas-bong.io/2B2ftpC

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Too many law firms are still fighting the last war: “2018 Report on the State of the Legal Market” (Georgetown Law) https://maas-bong.io/2B2qY0m

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New US hearsay rule addresses “ancient” ESI and electronic evidence (Percipient) https://maas-bong.io/2DbZoDU

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Top law firm technology trends to watch for in 2018 (Clio) https://maas-bong.io/2Dc1u6K

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Understanding the new language of legal technology (Law Technology Today) https://maas-bong.io/2Dc7lZL

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The dreaded eDiscovery budget: here are some ways to conquer the necessary evil (Above the Law) https://maas-bong.io/2AUalEe (see also my article "The Discovery Iceberg": https://maas-bong.io/2hSCPGL)

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How AI could revolutionise project management (CIO) https://maas-bong.io/2D6lvM7

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Speech by the Lord Chief Justice: launch of the Business and Property Courts in Bristol (Courts and Tribunals Judiciary) https://maas-bong.io/2ATk0uM

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Consent is one of six lawful bases for processing personal information under the GDPR - have a look at the ICO's at-a-glance guide (Information Commissioner's Office) https://maas-bong.io/2D5Hvqv

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Fees for paying by credit card, debit card, PayPal, etc. are banned from tomorrow. Find out how to complain and get your money back if you are charged (Paul Lewis Money) https://maas-bong.io/2AT8eR7

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The great disconnect: perception and reality of GDPR readiness in the UK, France and Germany (Proofpoint) https://maas-bong.io/2AT5EKU

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More details emerge of Uber’s tactics for thwarting police raids (the Ripley programme) (TechCrunch) https://maas-bong.io/2AT20Ao

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From free to fee: a short list of eDiscovery educational resources (Complex Discovery) https://maas-bong.io/2ASlJ3r

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How to earn people’s (or your own) respect (Thought Pills) https://maas-bong.io/2D444vA

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Professor Ken Grady's thoughts on the American 2018 report on The State Of The Legal Market (The Algorithmic Society) https://maas-bong.io/2ASWQEG

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The Ministry of Justice has three new ministers out of five following the January 2018 reshuffle.  What do we know about them? (Russell Webster) https://maas-bong.io/2D0TmWt

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Key points from the US case law survey – proportionality series, Part 6 (Xact) https://maas-bong.io/2AQeGrN

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How AI is enabling law firms to adapt to value-based pricing (Legaltech News) https://maas-bong.io/2AOx6cK

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Snapshot of the legal market, missing link and mystery disconnect (Legal IT Insider) https://maas-bong.io/2D5C1f2

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Legal Fling: blockchain contracts for legally binding consensual encounters (Artificial Lawyer) https://maas-bong.io/2D1pFol

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Using technology to avoid FCPA fines (Corporate Compliance Insights) https://maas-bong.io/2D5omow

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AI: autonomous creature, or tool of its creator? Is there still time to shape the answer, or is it too late already? (The Grauniad) https://maas-bong.io/2D0AA1O

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Companies like Google are all in on AI. CEO Sundar Pichai recently told journalists: "the shift to AI is as fundamental as the invention of the web or the smartphone" (ROSS Intelligence) https://maas-bong.io/2D5qpsI

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Complexity bias: why we prefer complicated to simple (Farnham Street) https://maas-bong.io/2D5r4Kz

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Burford says it poured $1.3b into the legal market in 2017: the amount the litigation funder put into new commitments is triple its investment figure of the previous year (The American Lawyer) https://maas-bong.io/2D2PJzD

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2017 US eDiscovery case law year in review, Part 3 (CloudNine) https://maas-bong.io/2ANGhtK

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Uncovering through discovery - DuPont and discovery mischief (Courts of Law) https://maas-bong.io/2CXeop4

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Apple releases fix for Spectre vulnerability (Your IT Consultant) https://maas-bong.io/2D1qYnd

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The legal and ethical minefield of AI: “tech has the power to do harm as well as good" (The Grauniad) https://maas-bong.io/2D0AA1O

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It just snowed in the Sahara Desert (Mental Floss) https://maas-bong.io/2CZBuvt

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Highest rated eDiscovery software in 2018 according to G2 Crowd's "proprietary algorithm" (G2 Crowd) https://maas-bong.io/2CXLNjx

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Aligning your information governance programme with your organisation’s mission for senior management buy-in (HBR Consulting) https://maas-bong.io/2D0ngdP

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If the expectation is that your lawyers understand your contracts better than the business people, something’s wrong (Adams Drafting) https://maas-bong.io/2ALO9vZ

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Where ESI, FRCP and eDiscovery meet, uncertainty abounds (Legaltech News) https://maas-bong.io/2AL4EbL

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2017 US eDiscovery case law year in review, Part 2 (CloudNine) https://maas-bong.io/2CXc9C8

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US start-up LegalSifter drives ‘AI re-sale’ strategy for law firms (Artificial Lawyer) https://maas-bong.io/2AI7huN

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Beijing is getting a $2.1 billion AI district (MIT Technology Review) https://maas-bong.io/2CV4Zyu

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The Legal Institute For Forward Thinking (LIFT): legal trends, observations and predictions for 2018 (Forbes) https://maas-bong.io/2CUa8GM

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Why better technology implementation isn’t about the tech (Evolve the Law) https://maas-bong.io/2CWXCXi

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Have people figured out eDiscovery yet? Because 2017 suggests they haven’t (Above the Law) https://maas-bong.io/2AIy61N

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Four marketing automation trends to watch in 2018 (CMS Wire) https://maas-bong.io/2AIYLeS

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Me being wrong (more BS) (Casey Flaherty) https://maas-bong.io/2AJ7ZrN

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This illustrated periodic table shows how we regularly interact with each element (Mental Floss) https://maas-bong.io/2AImNa1

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Lawyers and social media: The American Bar Association’s 2017 legal technology survey shows that more lawyers from firms of all sizes are interacting online (MyCase) https://maas-bong.io/2ALngZa

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2017 US eDiscovery case law year in review, Part 1 (CloudNine)
https://maas-bong.io/2CR4UM9

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Big Data proving a big challenge for legal business analytics (Legaltech News) https://maas-bong.io/2CRIZUR

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Smart contract consortium, the Accord Project, which includes a number of leading law firms, partners with global online identity organisation, the Open Identity Exchange (OIX), to create standards for self-executing contracts (Artificial Lawyer)
https://maas-bong.io/2AFYLwi

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Iterated four-step work flow for active machine training to help attorneys locate relevant evidence (e-Discovery Team) https://maas-bong.io/2AFkpRq

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A legal renaissance, blockchain style (CoinDesk/MoFo) https://maas-bong.io/2AG8geM

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Skynet it ain't: deep learning will not evolve into true AI, says boffin (The Register) https://maas-bong.io/2AGexaj

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Document review as a career - what companies look for in their document reviewers (TCDI) https://maas-bong.io/2AFs9Tx

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It’s a hard life for under-pressure costs judges after proportionality ruling bites the dust (Litigation Futures) https://maas-bong.io/2AFxz0P

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All Intel processors made in the last decade might have a massive security flaw (Gizmodo)
https://maas-bong.io/2Ahiu5h

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Internet of Things botnet distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks predicted after Huawei router exploit code published (Computer Weekly) https://maas-bong.io/2AiXVoZ

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Four lessons companies can (and should) learn from 2017’s data breaches (Legaltech News) https://maas-bong.io/2AhZa7L

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GCs from KPMG, WeWork, MasterCard and elsewhere were asked what they think of AI. Some very interesting — and opposing — views come to light (ROSS Intelligence) https://maas-bong.io/2Afr98q

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Will innovation lie in the cloud, on the edge or elsewhere? (Information Age) https://maas-bong.io/2AhZHXj

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2018 prediction – lawyers must change how they work (Prism Legal) https://maas-bong.io/2AiaKA2

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Peking University Law School to partner with cloud-based analytics tool Gridsum to launch a research centre to examine possibilities for AI in China's legal system (Legaltech News) https://maas-bong.io/2AhuMur

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Why records management and eDiscovery are adopting content federations (Document Strategy) https://maas-bong.io/2AgiX7X

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US judge reins in intrusive social media discovery in discrimination case (National Law Review) https://maas-bong.io/2AhKnde

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How to manage technology change in a law firm (Lawyerist) https://maas-bong.io/2AfKSVw

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Chris Dale's 2018 predictions as published by Computers & Law - a "warped crystal ball” (The eDisclosure Information Project) https://maas-bong.io/2CtAWh2

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Ministry of Justice put on notice by information commissioner (The Law Society Gazette) https://maas-bong.io/2A6EAXZ

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Ministry of Justice spending huge sums on consultants to help deliver digital courts (The Grauniad) https://maas-bong.io/2A7dhwI

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Is it time for an alternative career? Lots of options, lots of choices (The Estrin Report) https://maas-bong.io/2A7lXTI

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The key players and play of an eDiscovery team in a complex AI-enhanced document review project (e-Discovery Team) https://maas-bong.io/2A5SY2Q

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Solving five common business issues with IT (Legal Support Network) https://maas-bong.io/2A5UxxK

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2018: a new year resolution for litigators: don’t leave matters to chance – learn to prove damages (Civil Litigation Brief) https://maas-bong.io/2A7fAjm

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How CIOs can get buy-in for a job-destroying AI revolution (CIO) https://maas-bong.io/2A5i0Pr

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What clients want: law firms are conditioning themselves for high client expectation (Lawyers Weekly) https://maas-bong.io/2A8VqWs

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Differentiation in the new legal marketplace and why it matters (Forbes) https://maas-bong.io/2A7n6e4


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