Welcome to the peer-powered, weekend summary edition of the Law Technology Digest! Using PinHawk's patented advanced big data analytics, this summary contains the best of the best from the week. These are the stories that you, our readers, found most interesting and informative from the week. Enjoy.
'Craig Ball shares his E-Discovery - Spring 2021 Final Exam Study Guide with readers and ponders how well you'd do on the test he's giving his students at the University of Texas School of Law. You know your in trouble when the syllabus (ver. 21.0224) uses software like version control numbers with six digits. How do you think you would do? I can say I am glad my test taking days are being me. Read more at Ball in your court: Final Exam Review: How Would You Fare?
'I just updated my phone to iOS 14.5 this morning as I prepared this issue of the PinHawk. Apple released it yesterday along with updates for the iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. I've highlighted two posts this morning, the first being Jeff Richardson's and his attorney views. There is a fair amount packed into this update. On Slack, a colleague shared Ryan Narine's Twitter post, "New Emojis in iOS 14.5 mean that BILLIONS of security patches will be applied today. Incentives matter." Having just asked my daughter the last time she updated her Android phone and got a shrug and an "I don't know," incentives do matter. Read more at: iPhone J.D.: iOS 14.5 adds many new features ars technica: Apple releases iOS 14.5, the biggest update since iOS 14 first launched
'I have to admit that Rob Robinson's list of tools is TL;DR. I have not made my way through the entire list, but I will. Rob's writes that his list is meant as a "non-all-inclusive overview of tools that may be beneficial in creating, distributing, and managing content as part of a digital marketing program." Some I recognized immediately as very generic tools, others I recall from my our own marketing teams toolbox and still others I had no idea there was even such a tool! If you work with marketing professionals, then this is a must read. Read and listen to more at ComplexDiscovery: The Fabric of Digital Marketing: A Concise List of Tools
'The European Commission has been a busy group, working on its proposed Artificial Intelligence Regulation. We can thank Jason Pilkington for bringing this to our attention. This is intriguing at so many levels. They want to: "Prohibit 'unacceptable risk' AIs outright;Place strict restrictions on 'high-risk' AIs;Place minor restrictions on 'limited-risk' AIs;Create voluntary 'codes of conduct' for 'minimal-risk' AIs;Establish a regulatory sandbox regime for AI systems" There is an oversight board and big fines as well. You have to read the definition of unacceptable risk Ais! I have a billion questions. Would these regs kill AI in Europe? Where are you going to find the right people to sit on such a board? How would they impact the sale of everything from Telsas to childrens toys. If you have any interest in AI, you need to read more at Truth on the Market: What You Need to Know About the EU's New AI Regulation
'Blockchain discussions are interesting. In most instances I think it is still a complicated technology in search of a real application and is hampered by not being legally recognized in most jurisdictions. But this post by Victoria Hudgins is making me think of it in a new way, in an eDiscovery way. How blockchain data is review, managed and presented creates some very unique challenges. If you deal with eDiscovery, you'll want to read more at Legaltech news: Booming Blockchain Usage Could Become E-Discovery's Kryptonite
'If you haven't heard about Apple's AirTags, you can "use the little poker-chip-style wafers to track physical objects like keys, your wallet, or other valuable items via Bluetooth and the 'Find My' app." The potential for cringe-worthy privacy fails is huge. Apple thought of the ways that it could be misused and planned accordingly. If you weren't interested in AirTags before, read this. You might want to take a second look: Popular Science: Apple AirTag has built-in anti-stalking tech
'If his first post wasn't enough overload for you, Vincent Granville gives us even more articles to read about machine learning and then throws in two free books! I like Vincent's writing style, but I'm not sure I'm going to be able to get through all of these articles. Read more at Data Science Central: More Machine Learning Tricks, Recipes, and Statistical Models
'Perception and value can be tricky things. Let's jump right to Jen Dezso's key finding, "We discovered, based on more than 750 interviews conducted with general counsel in 2020, that a client's perceptions of the value being delivered by their outside law firm impacts more than client satisfaction - it has a noticeable effect on how much they spend." The data Jen collected shows that "When a general counsel rates the law firm that they use the most a 9 or 10 in value delivery, on average, they simultaneously report spending 28% of their external budget with that firm." To get your firm ratings up, be sure to read more at Legal Executive Institute: How poor value in legal service delivery can cost law firms big
'Let me say up front I have no issues with Calibri. Of the possible replacements (Tenorite, Bierstadt, Skeena, Seaford, and Grandview) the differences are so minor between them and other existing fonts that I have no real preference. But my Outlook rolodex is old enough to have multiple "default" fonts in use in the notes field. Short of going into each and every entry (over 30,000) to standardize it, how about proving me a tool that helps me clean them all up in one shot? Microsoft? Bueller? Anyone? Read more at Microsoft 365 Blog: Beyond Calibri: Finding Microsoft's next default font
'This post is a little to dichotomous for me. The topics are the security and trustworthiness of artificial intelligence. The title is about security and the text is mostly about trustworthiness. The graphs go with the title and revolve around security. If I owned a Tesla, I'd have second thoughts seeing that vision is the top attacked area in AI. The most insightful comment is "And we can't bolt security on this time." Too many times security is an afterthought. Keep that in mind as you read more at HELPNETSECURITY: AI industry alarmingly unprepared for real-world attacks
'Keeping in mind that the total cost of recovery from a ransomware attack has doubled in 2021 to $1.85 million and that only 8% of firms get all their data back (29% getting no more than half) it would seem that paying the ransom doesn't make a lot of sense. Chester Wisniewski, principal research scientist at Sophos puts it more bluntly, "The findings confirm the brutal truth that when it comes to ransomware, it doesn't pay to pay." Read more at HELPNETSECURITY: Only 8% of businesses that paid a ransom got all of their data back
'Mike Haven, Intel's Director of Legal Operations, takes over as CLOC President from Mary O'Carroll who is leaving Google to be Ironclad's Chief Community Officer. Mike responded, "Working with Executive Director Betsi Roach, our leadership board, and our world-class professional staff and volunteer team, I will continue to build on our commitment to support the entire legal ecosystem and foster a more diverse, inclusive, efficient and innovative culture." Read more at Legaltech news: Mary O'Carroll Leaves Google and Top Role at CLOC to Join Contracts Company Ironclad
'Series E investment of $110 million and a valuation of $1.6 billion! Rare for legal tech company. Even more rare for a Canadian legal tech company. Jack Newton, Clio CEO/Founder says he's seen magnitudes of increase of investment interest in the legal tech market. I have to say, some of the questions and queries I have gotten would seem to confirm that as well. There is a reason why legal is one of the last markets to be "transformed" and it will be interesting to see how Clio manages its planned growth, "To its current staff of 575 people worldwide, it will add 250 by the end of 2021 and grow to over 1,000 within the next 12 months." Read and listen to more at LawSites: 'A Coming of Age for Legal Tech': Exclusive Interview with CEO Jack Newton on Clio's $1.6B Valuation
'As I first saw Nick Milton's post on my list of KM articles, I thought to myself, there has to be some sort of twist. Why wouldn't you handle KM as a project? Nick writes that "Implementing KM is a special type of project - a change management project." I don't know about you, but most of my projects there days involve change management. But if you've asked or been asked the title question, then by all means you need to read more at Knoco stories: Should we treat KM implementation as a project?