Articles and Columns for March 2021
- The Case for Law Practice Management Software – The software that lawyers relied on to run their firms used to be premise-based, but as reported by Nicole L. Black, in 2021 cloud computing software is the most prevalent. In fact, even before the pandemic, lawyers were adopting cloud-based legal software at higher rates than ever before. According to the 2020 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report, 59% of lawyers surveyed were already already using cloud-based software pre-COVID. Notably, the results of another survey conducted by MyCase in mid-2020, showed the social distancing requirements of the pandemic have only served to accelerate this trend.
- Education and Academic Resources 2021 – Marcus P. Zillman’s guide comprises an extensive listing of resources and sites for students, researchers, teachers, infopros and parents, on multiple study areas. Sourced from academic, public, private, association and corporate sectors, the subject matters include: distance learning; MOOCs, lecture guides and study notes, study skill resources, online tutoring and homework help, free e-learning videos, scholarship resources and PhD, Dissertation, thesis, and academic writing resources.
- Women frequently experience sexual harassment at work, yet few claims ever reach a courtroom – Sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, including at least three from current or former aides, are a reminder of just how commonplace unwanted touching, propositioning and other inappropriate behavior is in the workplace. Professor Joseph A. Seiner’s research explores the prevalence of toxic work environments – like the one described in Albany, New York – and just how startlingly common sexual harassment at work is. Seiner’s work affirms the fact that even when women try to find justice by suing their alleged abusers, their cases rarely see a courtroom.
- Summer associate preparation – With the summer associate season upcoming, Caren Luckie offers suggestions to participants on how to maximize the in-person and virtual services and resources that will be available to them.
- It’s not just a social media problem – how search engines spread misinformation – Chirag Shah, Associate Professor in the Information School, University of Washington and Founding Director of InfoSeeking Lab, which focuses on issues related to information seeking, human-computer interaction (HCI), and social media. Shah’s research describes how search engines are not just one of society’s primary gateways to information and people, but they are also conduits for misinformation. Similar to problematic social media algorithms, search engines learn to serve you what you and others have clicked on before. Because people are drawn to the sensational, this dance between algorithms and human nature can foster the spread of misinformation.
- Review: Dennis Kennedy’s Successful Innovation Outcomes in Law – Jerry Lawson is a lawyer, speaker, author, advisor and leader in the field of legal technology. If you are looking to get better results from your organization, whether a law firm or other legal organization, Lawson believes you can’t do better than letting Dennis Kennedy’s recent book be your guide.Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 27, 2021 – Four highlights from this week: Algorithms That Curate Feeds & Tech Company Secrecy; Public Employees’ Use of Personal Phones, Tablets Puts Local Governments at Risk; How to Find Hidden Cameras Using Your Mobile Phone; and Why non-human workers can increase security issues in your business.
- Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 27, 2021 – Five highlights from this week: How to Wipe a Computer Clean of Personal Data; Phishers’ perfect targets: Employees getting back to the office; Anyone with an iPhone can now make deepfakes; Massive camera hack exposes the growing reach and intimacy of American surveillance; and Federal Government Needs to Urgently Pursue Critical Actions to Address Major Cybersecurity Challenges.
- Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 21, 2021 – Four highlights from this week: Please Stop Using Text Messaging to Receive Login Codes; How to poison the data that Big Tech uses to surveil you; Ulysses Group Claims It Can Track Nearly Any Car in Real-Time; and Google Can Be Sued for Tracking Users in Private Browsing Mode.
- Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 14, 2021 – Four highlights from this week: A directory of direct links to delete your account from web services; Rep. Suzan DelBene’s New Bill Aims to Protect Privacy in US; Experts Find a Way to Learn What You’re Typing During Video Calls; and America, Your Privacy Settings Are All Wrong.
- Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 6, 2021 – Four highlights from this week: You Can’t Launder Bitcoins!; You got a vaccine. Walgreens got your data; NSA Pushes Zero Trust Principles to Help Prevent Sophisticated Hacks; and Accidental Wiretaps: The Implications of False Positives By Always-Listening Devices For Privacy Law & Policy.
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