​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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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Running faster dtSearches (LinkedIn: Sean O'Shea [Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler]) https://maas-bong.io/30cO1lU
"dtSearch works in two stages.  The first step, looking up a string or word, is very fast.  The second step controls the enumeration of the search hits."


Does Reynen Court solve the technology puzzle for legal operations? (Above the Law: Mike Quartararo) https://maas-bong.io/30gsNUk
"The platform is intended to help legal operations teams gain fast access to software applications without worrying about time, cost and hassle."


EU’s new digital Tsarina: "Most powerful regulator of big tech on the planet" (The New York Times: Matina Stevis-Gridneff) https://maas-bong.io/3078g4h
"It’s a job that analysts say will give her unmatched regulatory reach at a time when public anger is rising over issues like privacy, disinformation, data management and the enormous reach of the largest technology companies - like Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook - into the everyday lives of billions of people."


NY payroll company vanishes with $35 million (Krebs on Security: Brian Krebs) https://maas-bong.io/30cpYTU
"MyPayrollHR, a now-defunct cloud-based payroll processing firm abruptly ceased operations after stiffing employees at thousands of companies.  The ongoing debacle, which allegedly involves malfeasance on the part of the payroll company’s CEO, resulted in countless people having money drained from their bank accounts and has left nearly $35 million worth of payroll and tax payments in legal limbo."


The disclosure pilot: What's the point? (London Legal: Johnny Shearman) https://maas-bong.io/30gyIJ2
"Commenced at the beginning of this year, arguably the Pilot Scheme is one of the most significant procedural developments in English Litigation post the implementation of the Jackson reforms back in 2013."


Motivation to undertake file format identification research for plain text files (DigitalPreservationCoalition: Santhilata Kuppili Venkata) https://maas-bong.io/30eKymB
"In this digital era files are often generated in an integrated development environment where each document generated is supported by multiple files.  These include programming source code, data description files (such as XML), configuration files, etc. For digital preservation it is important to understand each of these supporting files correctly.  Contents of the supporting files are often human-readable.  But if the file extensions are missed or corrupted, it is hard to know how to put that file to use."


Why companies are forming cybersecurity alliances (Harvard Business Review: Daniel Dobrygowski) https://maas-bong.io/30d8GWO
"The advent of cyber-physical systems and the internet of things, along with the increasing sophistication of bad actors, has made cyber attacks issues of human safety.  But companies have largely been left to fend for themselves."


Travel and accommodation for lawyers: Advice from the legal twitterati (& others) (Civil Litigation Brief: Gordon Exall) https://maas-bong.io/30fvLsd
"The latest 'advice from Twitter' concerns travel and accommodation.  What tips do people have about the best, and most economic, means of travel and accommodation for work.”  I love Gordon’s vox populi.


Overcoming evidentiary challenges to social media evidence (X1: John Patzakishttps://maas-bong.io/30cOR22
"Litigants who understand social media - and its benefits and limitations - can immeasurably help their clients resolve disputes.”


Relativity short message format (LinkedIn: Sean O'Shea [Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler]) https://maas-bong.io/30biHEb
"Relativity has a short message format which should be used for messages exported from Slack, Skype, Instant Bloomberg chat or standard mobile phone SMS messages."  I thought I'd bookend today's BONG with Sean's two technical, but very helpful, Relativity tips.

A selection of upcoming and potentially interesting live webinars / webcasts

17 Sep 0900 CDT What’s new in RelativityOne: Goatsbeard release agenda (Relativityhttps://maas-bong.io/2Urff6Y

18 Sep 1230 BST Stories from the frontline of service delivery (LoD / Eigen / LSEhttps://maas-bong.io/2LCkEnD

18 Sep 1200 ET Debunking the top 10 myths of document review (ILTA / HaystackIDhttps://maas-bong.io/2UFabw0 (£ for non-members)

18 Sep 1300 ET A new approach for a faster document review workflow (ACEDS / OpenText) https://maas-bong.io/2TOXmyG

18 Sep 1300 EST It’s not just content, it’s context: Automating enriched metadata creation and tagging (Valora / Epiqhttps://maas-bong.io/2UAbv38

24 Sep 1300 ET The state of eDiscovery 2019 (ACEDS / FTI / Exterrohttps://maas-bong.io/2TO9Gz7

25 Sep for 10 weeks Fit 4 LegalTech (University of St Gallenhttps://maas-bong.io/2TWTTy7 (£)

25 Sep 1300 EDT New notifications: Updates on social media in eDiscovery (Xact Data Discovery) https://maas-bong.io/2UnYolm

26 Sep 1000 BSTAnalytics, meet data management (Viqtor Davishttps://maas-bong.io/30gCdza

02 Oct 1130 BST Which business models may be subject to the GDPR in Switzerland? (University of St Gallenhttps://maas-bong.io/2UfTjf3

03 Oct 300 EDT California’s new privacy law: Four bet-the-job questions for GCs (Exterro / Americas Treasury Wine Estates / Jordan Lawrencehttps://maas-bong.io/2ULmy9y

24 Oct 1600 BST How automating eDisclosure with audio, video and native document translations saves time and money (ACEDS / Veritone / Stratagemhttps://maas-bong.io/2UxiMkh

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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