Nine great industry news stories from this week you may have missed.
Can the legal sector work from home and still function?
A lot of teams (including our own) have taken to working from home in light of the novel COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, Artificial Lawyer explored the question that's been on many peoples' minds: do we really need to be in an office? The legal sector has a unique set of challenges when it comes to working remotely including professional secrecy, data security and accessing materials. Click here to learn the different opinions their team had on the matter.
Coronavirus could be tipping point for tech competence in law
Following the first article, Above the Law reports that a sizeable portion of the legal profession is poorly equipped to deal with an extended situation of working remotely and virtually. While many firms are ready for this unique situation, others are not. Find out why not, here.
Will Coronavirus lead to more cyber attacks?
While the world is focused on the systemic threat posed by Covid-19, cybercriminals around the world undoubtedly are poised to capitalize on the crisis by launching a different kind of “virus.” More and more employees are working remotely by the day, and companies may eventually face the prospect of functioning with little to no personnel on-site or skeleton crews in IT and other important support functions. Learn the full scoop, plus tips on how to keep your data safe, here.
Legal Innovation Zone: A people-centred approach to technology
There are books, courses and entire careers dedicated to leading and managing change in organizations. All explore ways of persuading humans that they should change how they currently do things to this other smarter/faster/better/cheaper way. This week, Canadian Lawyer Magazine published an article that explained why taking a "people-centred approach to techonlogy" could be a game changer.
Sedona Canada’s eDiscovery initiatives: 2020 and beyond
Sedona Canada is a very busy organization these days, with more projects underway in 2020 than at virtually any other time in the group’s history. Rachael Jastrzembski (above), an eDiscovery Strategist in Torys' Toronto office, has written an article that outlines the brainstorming session the organization lead to determine its future, which you can view here. Sedona Canada is eager for new members as it seeks to ensure the representativeness of all regions of Canada and all sectors that are affected by e-discovery.
U.S. government, tech industry discussing ways to harness location data to combat coronavirus
According to The Seattle Times, the U.S. government is in active talks with Facebook, Google and a wide array of tech companies and health experts about how they can use location data gleaned from Americans’ phones to combat the novel coronavirus, including tracking whether people are keeping one another at safe distances to stem the outbreak. Public-health experts are interested in the possibility that private-sector companies could compile the data in anonymous, aggregated form, which they could then use to map the spread of the infection. Learn all the details here.
The 10 best free artificial intelligence and machine learning courses for 2020
If you find yourself having some extra time on your hands while working from home, Forbes.com has listed the top 10 (free!) courses on AI and machine learning — all of which are available online. From AI for Everyone to Machine Learning Crash Course by Google, there's something for everyone. See the complete list here.
Active Navigation's privacy software helps strengthen Equifax's cybersecurity footprint
Active Navigation has announced it is working with Equifax to identify, classify and protect sensitive data assets. The ongoing project, which started in early 2018, is part of the security and technology transformation currently underway at Equifax. Read the full press release here.
Courting Crisis: Will the Corona Virus Be The Incentive Lawyers Need to Innovate?
In a recent blog on My Shingle, Carolyn Elefant explores the idea of whether the pandemic will lead to advancements in the legal field. With our collective health dependent on change, could it be time to adopt some long overdue changes? She explains, "For a profession that makes a living based on citing precedent, lawyers are remarkably short-sighted when it comes to setting precedent for future cases." Read the full article here.