​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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!  We 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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If you want to save money on eDiscovery, you can (Exterro: Tim Rollins) https://maas-bong.io/2VUZcNJ
“We believe that, for many organisations, in-sourcing eDiscovery operations and implementing an eDiscovery platform make good sense.  The benefits are clear-cut and real."


Innovation and change are up to us (LinkedIn: Matt Fawcett [NetApp]) https://maas-bong.io/2VWmWBl
"Most GCs are products of BigLaw, so we are most comfortable working in this model.  We complain about cost overruns and mismanaged billing surprises, but we go along with it because it is what we have always known.  We know how to navigate inside that model.  So we bear a big share of the responsibility for perpetuating it."


Six lessons (Colin Levy) https://maas-bong.io/2VUKmHk
"Lawyers are not magicians.  Lawyers do not perform magic.  The time has come to open up the curtain.  To share what we know.  To share how we do what we do.  To teach others and to learn from others.  To innovate."


Winners: Innovation Awards 2019 (Legal Week) https://maas-bong.io/2VRiX9b
"The Awards, now in their fifth year, ... celebrate outstanding achievement within the profession.  By recognising exceptional achievement and best practice, they underline the crucial role played by lawyers working in tandem with colleagues in other disciplines such as marketing, business development, finance, IT, project management, operations, PR and recruitment in the promotion of innovation."


Civil procedure back to basics 46: How to instruct counsel: Hints and tips from the internet (Civil Litigation Brief: Gordon Exall QC) https://maas-bong.io/2VSdGy8
"There is an ongoing debate on Twitter about 'how to instruct counsel’.  More particularly, the problems caused by ‘instructions' being sent in a chain of emails (or other electronic communication) with major difficulties in finding the documents.  Alternatively, instructions are sent in a file which is, inevitably, broken.  There is some useful guidance available online."


Government algorithm use growing, regulation needed: Study (Nine to Noon) https://maas-bong.io/2VSr8BT
"The increasing use of artificial intelligence by [New Zealand's] government agencies has researchers calling for more oversight."


Ramadan in Mideast is for fasting and Facebook, data shows (AP News: Aya Batrawy) https://maas-bong.io/2VWrmrV
"The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, with its long days of fasting and prayer meant to draw worshippers closer to God and away from worldly distractions, is being reshaped by technology."


Something's stirring up business development in the legal industry (Microsoft) https://maas-bong.io/2VUKyWT
"There's a new way of winning business in professional services: It's more scalable, more systematic, and entirely measurable.  And it's helping the most innovative law firms run circles around their competitors."


Let’s get down to the “business" of law and the role of non-lawyers [Yuck!] (The Legal Intelligencer: Jessica Mazzeo) https://maas-bong.io/2VYq933
"Today, being effective at ‘lawyering' does not always equate with being a successful lawyer as there is now much more involved in what is now known as the business of law."


It's all Belgian fries to me: The art of multilingual eDisclosure (Part I) (Inventus: Jérôme Torres-Lozano) https://maas-bong.io/2VUASfd
"The rise in global commerce has seen an increase in cross-border litigation, arbitration and compliance investigations, which has, in turn, meant that the industry has had to develop or tweak existing technical and human solutions to deal with the processing, keyword searching, the review and potential translation of documents for these types of legal matters."

A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars / webcasts

29 May 1300 EDT Everything in moderation: Proportionality in eDiscovery (XDDhttps://maas-bong.io/2J3NZaO

30 May 1200 EDT Bias in the age of the algorithm (IEEE TechEthicshttps://maas-bong.io/2VUqWlN

05 Jun 1500 BST  Legal IT security: Keeping reputation, data and money secure (Eze Castle Integration) https://maas-bong.io/2VQJUcY

06 Jun 1300 ET Your eDiscovery processes: How do you measure up? (ACEDS / Epiq / Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2UPJx1K

17 Jun 1700 BST Legal tech, more than hype? (University of St Gallenhttps://maas-bong.io/2W7IrDh

18 Jun 1300 ET Why your eDiscovery billing process is leaving money on the table (ACEDS / Logikcull) https://maas-bong.io/2VMyKGk

19 Jun 1300 ET How to keep your review from going off the rails (ACEDS / Kutak Rock / Catalyst) https://maas-bong.io/2LGIm5u

20 Jun 1300 ET Five steps to improve your eDiscovery outcomes (ACEDS / LDM Globalhttps://maas-bong.io/2ViJMCB

02 Jul 1230 BST Cybercrime in 2019 (LexisNexishttps://maas-bong.io/2QJPfQQ

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

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​The Litigation Support Company

DLA Piper


Huron Legal


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