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Non Sequiturs: 01.20.19

* Adam Feldman explores the possible effect on the Supreme Court of replacing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a staunch conservative -- e.g., Judge Amy Coney Barrett. [Empirical SCOTUS] * Speaking of SCOTUS, here's Ilya Somin's read of the tea leaves in Knick v. Township of Scott, an important Takings Clause case.  [Volokh Conspiracy / Reason] * Stephen Embry disagrees with Joe Patrice's suggestion that junior lawyers are going extinct, but Embry acknowledges the major effect that technology ...
Tags: Technology, Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, Congress, Washington, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Government Shutdown, Shutdown, Litigators, Bill Of Rights, Michael Cohen, Adam Feldman, The Hill, Grady, Embry


Understanding How Judges Write, Reason And Rule [Sponsored]

Legal Analytics Turns its Focus to the Language of Case Law.
Tags: Technology, Law, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Legal Technology, Sponsored Content, Lexis-Nexis, Legal Analytics, LexisNexis Custom


How The GDPR Is Still Ruining Christmas

GDPR tells you if your loved ones hated your gifts.
Tags: Technology, Law, Gdpr


Junior Lawyers Are Going Extinct And Nobody Knows What To Do About It

Technology will reduce the market for junior attorneys and that carries with it some significant ripple effects.
Tags: Technology, Law, Law Schools, Biglaw


"The idea that the #10YearChallenge might be a shady astroturfed meme intended to capture innocent user data isn’t so extraordinary, as far as social-media folklore goes."

"There’s a widely held conspiracy theory that Facebook is eavesdropping on conversations through our smartphones — how else, the idea goes, could Facebook serve up advertisements about things I was literally just talking about?...  Facebook doesn’t need to eavesdrop on you: The data it already has and is able to extract continuously... is more than enough....  The breathtaking scope of contemporary surveillance and data-extraction processes doesn’t just make conspiracy theories about astroturfed...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Law, Conspiracies, Ann Althouse, Fool You New York Magazine


The Turducken of Services Challenge

Traditionally, most businesses used software installed on their own systems that was documented by a software license.   It is becoming more common to use cloud based software or SAAS that is documented by a services agreement.   One difference is that there can be multiple layers. The services agreement may be subject to or intertwined with a software license, a cloud platform provider, and a reseller. Those can all be different parties with different terms. Each layer may impose the terms o...
Tags: Technology, Law


"Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Is Just a Harmless Meme — Right?"

Writes Kate O'Neil in Wired.Imagine that you wanted to train a facial recognition algorithm on age-related characteristics, and, more specifically, on age progression (e.g. how people are likely to look as they get older). Ideally, you'd want a broad and rigorous data set with lots of people's pictures. It would help if you knew they were taken a fixed number of years apart—say, 10 years.Sure, you could mine Facebook for profile pictures and look at posting dates or EXIF data. But that whole set...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Law, Aging, Looks, Exif, Ann Althouse, Creepiness, Kate O Neil


January 16 roundup

The two new heads of the judiciary committees in the Pennsylvania legislature are nonlawyers, and the legal community appears to be fine with that [Max Mitchell, Legal Intelligencer] Long after his downfall in one of the worst U.S. legal scandals in years, Stan Chesley was still listed as holding an honored position at a major charity until a reporter started calling [Josh Nathan-Kazis, Forward, I’m quoted; update (Chesley’s name removed)] National security restrictions form an important pa...
Tags: Technology, Maryland, Law, Uncategorized, Georgia, Copyright, Pennsylvania, Silicon Valley, Lawyers, Baltimore, Mike Masnick, Clark, Carl Malamud, Chesley, Daubert, Free Trade


A Beginner’s Guide To The Biggest Week In Legal Technology

For anyone in legal operations who has not yet attended Legaltech, it can be a little overwhemling. Here's some advice to get you through it.
Tags: Technology, Law, LegalWeek, Legal Operations, Mike Quartararo, Legatech


Gearing Up For Legaltech 2019

Check out these events at this year's show.
Tags: Technology, Law, Ediscovery, Legaltech


Here, here: the Swedish online love army who take on the trolls

#Jagärhär (#Iamhere) aims to battle abuse in online threads and jumps to defend those on receiving endWhen a young woman with rainbow hair and a reputation for hostility towards sexual predators won a Swedish lawyer of the year award late last year, the online reaction came in two waves.The first was unpleasant, a torrent of bile from people who objected to Linnéa Claeson’s looks, her feminist politics, her gender, her youth and her instagram account @assholesonline. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Technology, Sweden, Social Media, Journalism, Society, Digital Media, Publishing And Public Relations, Online Abuse, Linnéa Claeson


Greasing The Gears Of Legal Commerce — Automatic, Systematic, Hydromatic (alt.legal) Innovation

Close your eyes and picture a magically perfect legal services market.
Tags: Technology, Law, Biglaw


Sheila Warren Of World Economic Forum: Solving Corruption Problems In Colombia Using Blockchain

Her methodology leverages design-thinking methods to create tools that use blockchain technology to address this challenge.
Tags: Corruption, Technology, Law, Colombia, Blockchain, World Economic Forum, Olga V. Mack, Sheila Warren, Colombia Using Blockchain


Why do we keep praising Silicon Valley for reinventing the wheel? | Amelia Tait

A student loan scheme is the latest example of how bubble economy marketing seems oblivious to the outside worldFor a good period in the middle ages, Europeans totally forgot how to make concrete. The Roman recipe for the tough stuff – opus caementicium – was lost for roughly 600 years after the fall of the empire, and the modern formula we know and love wasn’t invented for another 300 years after that.I’m telling you this because human progress isn’t linear. It’s fine to go backwards and forwar...
Tags: Technology, Media, Society, Higher Education, Silicon Valley, Marketing & PR, Theo Paphitis, Amelia Tait




Britons make 170,000 antisemitic Google searches a year, study finds

Research shows 10% of these searches involve violent phrases such as ‘Jews must die’At least 170,000 antisemitic Google searches are made in the UK every year, with 10% of them involving violent phrases such as “Jews must die” or “kill Jews”, research has revealed.The analysis for the Community Security Trust (CST) showed that while most of the searches are for jokes mocking Jewish people, the most common negative stereotypes claim Jews are “evil” and “racist”. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, UK, Technology, Society, UK News, Judaism, Antisemitism, Community Security Trust CST


Older people more likely to share fake news on Facebook, study finds

Researchers suggest over-65s may lack skills to determine veracity of online newsOlder people are almost four times more likely to have shared fake news on Facebook than the younger generation, according to research published in the journal Science.On average, American Facebook users over 65 shared nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains as those aged between 18 and 29, researchers from NYU and Princeton found in the study, which also concluded sharing such false content was “...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Society, World news, US news, Young People, Older people, Princeton, Nyu, American Facebook


'Right to be forgotten' by Google should apply only in EU, says court opinion

NGOs warned of potential harm to internet users’ rights if Google lost ECJ caseThe “right to be forgotten”, which enables claimants to request the removal of links to irrelevant or outdated online information about them, should not be enforceable globally, the European court of justice (ECJ) has found in a preliminary opinion.The controversial power, requiring search engines to prevent access to material on the internet, should be enforceable only in the EU and not worldwide, the court’s advocat...
Tags: Google, Europe, Technology, Law, Internet, Eu, UK News, World news, Court of justice of the European Union, Right To Be Forgotten, Ecj, Maciej Szpunar


'Right to be forgotten' by Google should apply only in EU, says court

NGOs warned of potential harm to internet users’ rights if Google lost ECJ caseThe “right to be forgotten”, which enables claimants to request the removal of links to irrelevant or outdated online information about them, should not be enforceable globally, the European court of justice (ECJ) has found in a preliminary opinion.The controversial power, requiring search engines to prevent access to material on the internet, should be enforceable only in the EU and not worldwide, the court’s advocat...
Tags: Google, Europe, Technology, Law, Internet, Eu, UK News, World news, Court of justice of the European Union, Right To Be Forgotten, Ecj, Maciej Szpunar


China Backs Second Kim Jong Un-Donald Trump Nuclear Summit

Given the nightmarish hustle of Donald Trump’s administration, it’s hard to believe that it was less than a year ago when Trump met North Korean totalitarian strongman Kim Jong Un for a historic nuclear summit in Singapore in June 2018. The two men described each other in glowing terms, watched a bizarre “Destiny…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, North Korea, China, Singapore, Military, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un, Missiles, Nuclear Weapons, Donald Trump, Trump, Nukes, Kim Jong, North Korea Sanctions, Kim Jong Un Donald Trump


Do Legal Tech Conferences Leave You Feeling Flat? Come Tell Us About It Over Drinks!

Explore how we can make conferences better.
Tags: Technology, Law, Legaltech New York, Evolve Law, ATL events


Just when I thought I knew what a tweet was… | Brief letters

Tweets | TV licences for the over-75s | Peaky Blinders cap | Sack Marina Hyde | Divorce by text messageHaving only recently learned that a tweet is a social media message, I read that “White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, announced that Trump would be travelling to the southern border in a tweet” (Report, 8 January), which leaves me wondering if this useful neologism has also come to mean (a) a jiffy (b) a bullet-proof limo or (c) a fit of narcissistic presidential pique. Please help.Alan...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Media, Internet, Saudi Arabia, White House, Women, Society, World news, US news, Blogging, Bbc, Divorce, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, Feminism


You Gotta Know When To Hold ‘Em . . .

Why is it that in 2019 we’re still talking about legal holds like we’ve never heard of them before?
Tags: Technology, Law, Discovery, Machine Learning, Ediscovery, Legal Operations, Mike Quartararo, Technology-Assisted Review (TAR, Legal Holds


Judge Penalizes Lawyers For Not Using Artificial Intelligence

It may not be the most significant opinion, but it may be a sign of things to come.
Tags: Technology, Law, Artificial Intelligence


A former hunger striker writes: help give Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe hope | Letters

Fifty-five years ago, I was part of a hunger strike in apartheid South Africa, writes Beverley NaidooThe news that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe intends to go on hunger strike, to protest against denial of medical care in her Iranian prison, is heart-rending (Report, 4 January).It’s a desperate decision but one that may cause permanent, if not fatal, self-harm. Fifty-five years ago, I was part of a hunger strike in the segregated white women’s section of Pretoria Central Prison in apartheid South Af...
Tags: Politics, Technology, Human Rights, Law, US, UK News, World news, Iran, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, South Africa, Amnesty International, Brexit, Trump, E-petitions, Amnesty International UK


Evisort’s New Document Analyzer Offers Out-Of-The-Box AI To Mine All A Company’s Contracts

Document Analyzer, is a cloud-based AI and text-mining application that helps companies mine contracts for data.
Tags: Technology, Law, Evisort



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