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Governments and businesses the world over need to get ahead of this game and realise that all of their communication, statements, videos, advertisements, are easily and instantly analysed before a document even needs to be read. There were armies of lawyers, journalists and armchair enthusiasts waiting to dismantle this report, (the formal name of which is “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election”). <<< I am aware that a
You’ve been hooked by the ‘black-hole’ picture. Of course you have.. …you can’t escape it. That’s a terrible pun and I’m sure you’re groaning. In fact I hope you are. To those who know me personally, they know that’s part of my sense of humour. And wordplay like this is the highest form of comedy that I partake in. It goes downhill and gets much darker from that point. There is something cathartic for me…
Visualising and describing a high-level perception and understanding of the complex IT systems of today. For anyone to understand the world of Information Systems in the current era, is a stretch. Particularly when the engineers who create them often can’t themselves comprehend the way in which results are produced by their own systems. It’s incredibly difficult even for the ‘most intelligent of the geeks’ to comprehend the complexity and intricacy of multi-faceted IT systems these…
We need to approach advanced artificially intelligent systems in the same way as human witnesses and actors involved in litigation and investigation  It’s a heavy burden. Continuously feigning excitement at developments in the field of Artificial Intelligence. And I don’t find this stuff amusing anymore. I am quite literally surrounded by the sound. The sound … Continue reading You Can Call Me A.I: Artificial Intelligence As A Witness
The letter was a spoof. Or was it? Some readers thought that there was some truth to it. Some even thought it was real. The adversarial nature of law firm representation has generated an industry that’s focused on lawyers looking at lot of documents and then sending or withholding them from the other party. arguing … Continue reading Productions: Break On Through (To The Other Side)
Over the past two years I’ve seen a more frequent interest expressed in the idea of in-sourcing or putting out to tender eDiscovery and related disciplines. And it has more to do with sauce than you might think (I’m completely going to force the condiment analogy, at least). A-dressing the drivers What are the driving forces … Continue reading eDiscovery: INSAUCE or OUTSAUCE
Badly Drawn People For some reason (and I can’t quite pinpoint it), this cartoon struck a chord with those involved in Legal Operations of one kind or another. This was (to most) a tongue-in-cheek cartoon. It wasn’t reflective of any specific real-life experiences (well, not too many). What was it?  A satirical comment on the … Continue reading All eDiscovery Deadlines Ever.
Discovering the personal and financial details of 6,000 website users, showed me that I still had a lot of growing up to do. At 21, I had University, computers, long-distance running and a few part-time jobs to keep me going. In the year 2000 life was full of small (and relatively simple) things. Between all … Continue reading All The Small Things: How I Fell In To Legal Technology
Forget the AI-Blockchain-Hana-Augmented-Efficiency-Chatbots . Technology does many things extremely well and it’s always getting better. It’s People that are pivotal in the success or failure of digital transformation. Here are a 6 softer techniques and thoughts that I’ve found useful in the past to improve my understanding of the impact of change on people to engage those … Continue reading 6 Techniques for Engagement in Digital Transformation