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.
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03 December 2020 is "eDiscovery Day" in America so there are quite a few webinars / events being held on that day.
The challenges of chat in eDiscovery as COVID brings changes in work behaviour and working from home (Mondaq: Chris Dale [eDisclosure Information Project]) https://maas-bong.io/39bJbNS
"Is it suspicious that a conversation switches from email to WhatsApp or SnapChat, or was that just convenient? If a conversation suddenly stops, is that because the participants ran out of things to say or did they switch to some other medium which you don't know about?"
WhatsApp Ireland reserves $91.8m for potential GDPR fine (Compliance Week: Neil Hodge) https://maas-bong.io/362YhTH
"The Irish arm of WhatsApp has set aside $91.8 million for possible administrative fines arising from long-standing investigations by Ireland’s data regulator into the way the messaging platform shares data with Facebook."
eDiscovery, the other social dilemma (EDRM: Cat Casey [DISCO]) https://maas-bong.io/3l8f1gG
"Today, social media use extends far beyond sharing cute kitty memes and bragging about your most recent meal or vacation. Platforms like Reddit and Twitter are essential vehicles for people to share breaking news; Instagram and Facebook are advertising behemoths; and LinkedIn has become crucial for sharing business insights. The variety of ways people engage with social media platforms and their messaging functions creates a wealth of potentially relevant electronically stored information that eDiscovery practitioners increasingly rely on."
Law In Order hit by ransomware attack (IT News: Ry Crozier) https://maas-bong.io/362fi0o
"The Australian supplier of document and digital services to law firms suffered a ransomware infection over the weekend that is believed to be the Netwalker malware."
How cybercriminals misuse and abuse AI and ML (Trend Micro) https://maas-bong.io/376vMUL
"We discuss the present state of the malicious uses and abuses of AI and ML and the plausible future scenarios in which cybercriminals might abuse these technologies for ill gain."
The first major US COVID-19 safety law suit gets dismissed ... but the first COVID-19 Business Interruption insurance lawsuit gets ready for trial (Project Counsel Media: Sandra Conti) https://maas-bong.io/3o004PP
"The lawsuit, initially filed in June, alleges violations of New York state laws, including public nuisance protections and failure to comply with pandemic public health guidance. It’s an interesting read and may be the template for other actions."
The pandemic has proven that technology is not optional for lawyers; it’s a necessity (LLM Guide: Seb Murray) https://maas-bong.io/39eZKsf
"Lawyers have always been perceived as reluctant to adopt technology, with seriousness and personal confidence playing a key role in the very traditional profession."
VIDEO: The future of AI models (Oasis Discovery) https://maas-bong.io/2V21e0A
"In eDiscovery the use of AI is typically found in predictive coding or active learning technology, which has given case teams a huge leap forward in the review stage. However, AI can’t work on its own."
Working from home - future perfect? (The Law Society Gazette: Nicholas Dobson) https://maas-bong.io/375nZ9v
"Some interesting answers have emerged from exclusive research findings in Life after Lockdown, published last month by Local Government Lawyer in association with LexisNexis. During the summer, the research surveyed 70 heads of legal and 448 other local government lawyers."
How to search emails in Gmail by specific time (Digital Inspiration: Amit Agarwal) https://maas-bong.io/3fwbsjr
"Learn how to perform a date range search in Gmail and find email messages that were sent or received during a specific date and time, and more."
A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars / webcasts (please check the local times yourself)
25 Nov 1300 ET The process of innovation in the legal tech space (ACEDS / Legal Outsourcing / Agnes Intelligence / LegalSifter / Canopy) https://maas-bong.io/2FJZYeE
25 Nov 1400 GMT Understanding the impact of legal GRC on eDiscovery (ACEDS / Exterro / Aon Cyber Solutions / Stratagem / Maas) https://maas-bong.io/2T9wlGM
25 Nov 1400 GMT Using technology in litigation (Law Society / Herbert Smith Freehills) https://maas-bong.io/36Lht7M (£)
25 Nov 1400 GMT The eDiscovery analytics survival kit (Consilio) https://maas-bong.io/38Utbja
25 Nov 1730 GMT Sir Henry Brooke annual lecture 2020 (University of London / Richard Susskind) https://maas-bong.io/2TOvStR
25 Nov 2300 GMT Maximising document production efficiency using renumbering in Nuix Discover (Nuix) https://maas-bong.io/36c3DuI
26 Nov 1000 GMT The Disclosure Pilot (Law Society / 007 / Chief Master Marsh / Stewarts Law / Judge Knowles) https://maas-bong.io/2IPRB2F (£)
26 Nov 1100 GMT Where is your data? (Sprout IT / Schillings / Enyo Law) https://maas-bong.io/2GoRCth
01 Dec 1200 ET Managing data and organisational risk (CLIF / Ricoh) https://maas-bong.io/3lw8OMC
03 Dec 0900 SGT Southern hemisphere launch of Global Legal Tech Report (LawSites / Macquarie / KPMG / Xakia / Toro Digital / Global Legal Tech Report) https://maas-bong.io/3kqL2Ac
03 Dec 1400 EST A year of transition for eDiscovery: What we learned in 2020 and where it will take us (ACEDS / Blickstein Group / Ipro) https://maas-bong.io/35E6fTb
03 Dec 1430 GMT What happened? The major talking points in UK eDiscovery throughout 2020 (ACEDS / Exterro / Stephenson Harwood / Alvarez & Marsal / Baker McKenzie) https://maas-bong.io/3kA8TxK
03 Dec 1500 ET eDiscovery across Canada: How we are alike and how are we different? (ACEDS / KPMG / Ricoh / Autorité des Marchés Financiers / Gowling / Dentons) https://maas-bong.io/2HtYKF4
03 Dec 1600 GMT Survey says ... Insight into the latest litigation and eDiscovery cost trends (Hanover Insurance / Consilio / Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2IHZFmd
03 Dec 1730 GMT Court requirements for eDiscovery defensibility in today's Big Data age (DLA Piper / Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/35HMKcv
03 Dec 1900 GMT New techniques for finding relevant data faster (Verizon / Epiq / Caesar's Entertainment / Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/3fgjXPp
03 Dec 2100 GMT Five eDiscovery technology trends to watch and when to buy (Thrivent / Becton Dickinson / Exterro) https://maas-bong.io/2UHBvus
04 Dec 1200 GMT Claims for loss of earnings: The self-employed, the sportsperson and entertainer, and claims for loss of chance (APIL / Gordon Exall) https://maas-bong.io/36o9xJn (£)
08 Dec 1300 EST Ask the experts: Year-end Q&A (ACEDS / BIA) https://maas-bong.io/2ILjqJc
09 Dec 1300 ET The new role GCs and CLOs must play (Exterro / TE Connectivity / In the House / Morgan, Lewis & Bockius) https://maas-bong.io/35L4Ust
09 Dec 1300 EST Top five tips to improve your custodian compliance by 70% or more! (ACEDS / Zapproved) https://maas-bong.io/3kM6sIi
09 Dec 1600 EST The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 virtual town hall on ESI Protocols (Sedona / Nichols Kaster / Google / Norther District of Illinois / DLA Piper / Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz) https://maas-bong.io/35DEKJw
09 Dec 2100 GMT Top five scripts from the Nuix GitHub (Nuix) https://maas-bong.io/2GTllus
10 Dec 1200 CT Leading ladies of legal tech virtual luncheon (DISCO / Debbie Reynolds / McGuire Woods / Korein Tillery / JPMorgan Chase) https://maas-bong.io/3kYXw2n
10 Dec 1500 GMT Old dogs, same tricks - Nuix veterans share their favourites (Nuix) https://maas-bong.io/31VytXr
15 Dec 1800 GMT Top five US discovery sanctions of 2020 (Exterro / Reed Smith / Judge Conti) https://maas-bong.io/32v1TvO
17 Dec 1700 GMT 2020 data discovery legal year in review (ILTA / Relativity / Judge Jones / Professor Hamilton / Stratagem Tech Solutions / eDiscovery Assistant) https://maas-bong.io/3l27fVD
19 Jan 1200 ET Evolutions in legal project management (CLIF / iManage) https://maas-bong.io/35Bu1iw
26 Jan 1200 ET How is the role of in-house counsel evolving in a crisis? (CLIF / LawyersInHouse) https://maas-bong.io/3f5zEsM
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