​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​An informal and occasional selection of recent international eDisclosure / eDiscovery / GDPR / legal IT / data protection / information governance / interesting news / articles collated since 2011 by Jonathan Maas of The Maas Consulting Group in London.  Simply pick and click from below.

These 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.  Subscription is free.

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A year in review (APT Search: Amit Pandit) https://maas-bong.io/2ZnUXwO
"We have gathered our own unique data between 2015 and 2019 to gain valuable insights which have been put together to make a comprehensive market overview of the eDiscovery market."


Who's afraid of the big bad cloud: Flavours of the cloud (LinkedIn: Cat Casey [DISCO]) https://maas-bong.io/2ZtusWP
"With all of the buzz today around 'the cloud, it is important to remember that we are not discussing a monolith.  Rather, there are different types of cloud deployment and applications within the cloud ecosystem."  Cat forgot about MaaS.


Is cloud computing a threat to eDiscovery firms? (LinkedIn: Davide Migali) https://maas-bong.io/2Zs8IL5
"There is a deep misconception about how revolutions happen.  We often forget that the images of crowded squares and symbols of power destroyed are the final effects of processes that were set in motion some time before those dramatic events."


Legility acquires eDiscovery company iControlESI (ComplexDiscovery: Rob Robinson) https://maas-bong.io/2ZrB2gz
"With the acquisition, Legility assumes iControlESI’s two leading technology platforms: RECENSEO, a highly functional hosting and review platform, and ENVIZE, an AI/predictive analytics tool that is integrated with the widely used Relativity platform."


Law firms as software developers (Medium: Nicole Bradick) https://maas-bong.io/2ZpUsCB
"I surveyed a range of firm sizes, but most were in the 500+ lawyer category.  Between the firms I surveyed, they have built over 200 client-facing products."


How to approach legal innovation: Options for every firm (Law Technology Today: Arup Das [Alphaserve]) https://maas-bong.io/2ZBvz77
"Change can be hard, but it’s also exciting.  Lawyers and their staff that genuinely embrace innovation by being open to new processes and updated approaches to both legal and business operations are better positioned to benefit from them."


Linklaters crowdsourcing ideation platform gives its people the opportunity to shape the firm’s future (Linklaters) https://maas-bong.io/2ZtXsh2
"As a firm, we realise the importance of our people in facilitating change and the value and potential they bring in shaping how we work.  The Ideas Pathway is helping us realise this potential."


Driving innovation from the ground up (Above the Law: Dean Sonderegger) https://maas-bong.io/2ZqH6Wt
"All lawyers can benefit from examining how their organisations are investing in and maximising technology."


Five ways companies can curb risk when transferring data (Law: Victoria Hudgins) https://maas-bong.io/2Zua7R8
"From encrypting sensitive data to examining your cloud service provider's processing ability, here are some tips for securely transferring data."


Proceed with caution? Eighteen observations on eDiscovery business confidence in the summer of 2019 (ComplexDiscovery: Rob Robinson) https://maas-bong.io/2ZsMetk
"Based on the aggregate results of 15 past surveys, the following findings and charted overviews of responses to the question of issues impacting business may be helpful in understanding the collective mindset of many industry experts regarding these issues and their impact on the business of eDiscovery."

A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars / webcasts

08 Aug 1100 ETGDPR roundtable (ILTA / Consilio / Resiliam / Dentonshttps://maas-bong.io/313OoQq (£, free to members)

13 Aug 1300 ET Re-purposing eDiscovery processes to meet privacy requirements (Exterro / Jordan Lawrencehttps://maas-bong.io/2NqJ1cf
14 Aug 1300 ET 
The results are in … top eDiscovery and records request challenges for US government (Exterro / Deloitte Transactions / CACIhttps://maas-bong.io/30F9NiU

15 Aug 1300 ET Benchmarking discovery cost recovery: Highlights from Logikcull’s 2019 billing survey (ACEDS / Logikcullhttps://maas-bong.io/31f1VVD

28 Aug 1300 ET ESI in criminal investigations and proceedings: An overview (ACEDS / Dentonshttps://maas-bong.io/317s3RZ

05 Sep 1300 ET How automating early data assessment saves legal teams time and money (ACEDS / Veritonehttps://maas-bong.io/2Z1XNHT

Let me know of any upcoming webinar / webcast you'd like to see included in this list.

By the way, I have noticed that sometimes the links we compile above have registration/paywall information inserted between the referenced site and you.  At the time I compose these emails there are no such distractions so I can only assume sites randomly impose registration/payment requirements on links to them.  I 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 36 years experience in the field: 28 years in international law firms and eight 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

​The Litigation Support Company

DLA Piper


Huron Legal


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