You Really Thought Cloud-Based Services Were Totally Secure?
Lets be honest, many people were completely shocked by the revelations from Edward Snowden’s release of classified NSA documents last year about the width and breadth of the NSA’s spying. Unless you had seen the Will Smith movie Enemy of the State. From 1997. Which basically was a movie about how the NSA did EXACTLY what Edward Snowden said they did. And that movie came out before things like the Patriot Act.
Amazingly, people were still shocked, shocked I say, to discover that the NSA was spying on, well… everyone.
Newsflash: electronic data is not totally secure. Never will be. If you are able to access the information, someone else can too. It’s pretty basic. That’s why I was so surprised to read this article from the Lawyerist, by one of my favorite legal bloggers, Sam Glover, discussing how he’s re-thinking his use of the cloud for his legal files. In other words, he’s “shocked, shocked I say” to learn that the cloud isn’t totally secure. More…
4 Reasons the Comcast-TWC Merger is Bad for Everyone
By now, you’ve all heard about it. Comcast is “merging” with Time Warner Cable (“merging” is what they call it when they buy the other company with Comcast stock instead of Comcast’s cash). The deal is reportedly valued around $45 billion, and the deal is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
Given the immense publicity of the merger in the 12 hours since the news was reported, the FCC’s review will need to seem competent. Comcast will make the same arguments: economies of scale, increased competition, and financial savings, etc. Yet just like their promise to be at your house between 8 and noon, you should be very skeptical.
If allowed, the Comcast-TWC Merger will have considerable consequences you won’t find in Comcast’s press release. Here are 4 Reasons the Comcast-TWC Merger is Bad for Everyone.
Review: Authentic3D – Presenting Human Anatomy in 3D
Not long ago, I was contacted by a developer to ask me for my thoughts on his company’s newest product, Authentic3D. The developer, Jorey Chernett, and his company, Intrinsic Medical Imaging LLC, developed software that renders CT-Scans and MRIs in 3D. Originally the software was designed to assist health care professionals review and explain diagnostic tests. But one day, Mr. Chernett got a call from a friend, an attorney interested in using the software at trial.
As a medical malpractice defense attorney, I am always skeptical of anything designed to display medical images, particularly from an evidentiary standpoint. But when I opened the first sample video, I was blown away… More…
Poll: Is eDiscovery Software Making Us Lazy?
“Throughout human history, we have been dependent on machines to survive. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.” – Morpheus, The Matrix.
I always looked on that quote as an interesting retrospective on a world where machines became dependent on man, albeit enslaved man, to survive. However, in looking at the way we adopt technology to increase efficiency and streamline workflows, another way to look at that quote dawned on me. We routinely replace tasks performed by hand with those performed by machine. The result is usually a cheaper, more uniform product, but lacking in the quality and personal service that comes with hand-creation.
And it leads me to wonder, is that happening in the legal profession with the adoption of eDiscovery software?
Best New Apps for Lawyers – January 2014
Ah, January. That time of year when we return to work from the holidays to find that, generally, being away for the holidays didn’t make work any better! So sad. Another sad fact about January – the selection of brand spankin’ new apps is a bit slim. The holidays have passed, and with LegalTech 2014 coming up in February, it’s a little bit more difficult to identify those new apps for lawyers. But I’m no quitter!
Here are the Best New Apps for Lawyers from January 2014: More…