We spent six years scouring billions of links, and found the web is both expanding and shrinking

More than a quarter of a century since its first commercial use, the growth of the online world is now slowing down in some key categories. A multi-year research project analyzing global trends in online diversity and dominance conducted by Paul X. McCarthy and Marian-Andrei Rizoiu reveals a dramatic consolidation of attention towards a shrinking (but increasingly dominant) group of online organizations. So, while there is still growth in the functions, features and applications offered on the web, the number of entities providing these functions is shrinking.

Subjects: Internet Trends, KM, Privacy, Social Media

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 8, 2021

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Your Old Phone Number Could Get You Hacked, Researchers Say; Ransomware attack leads to shutdown of major U.S. pipeline system; Google Plans to Automatically Enroll Users In Two Factor Authentication (2FA);

Subjects: Computer Security, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Government Resources, Healthcare, Legal Research, Legislative, Privacy, Travel

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 2, 2021

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Ransomeware Task Force Launches Comprehensive Framework to Combat Ransomware; SSA Inspector General: New Tactics for Government Imposters; FTC Warns the AI Industry: Don’t Discriminate, or Else; and A Better Way to Spot Deep-Faked Satellite Images.

Subjects: Big Data, Criminal Law, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Economy, Financial System, Government Resources, Healthcare, Legal Research, Privacy

LLRX April 2021 Issue

Articles and Columns for April 2021 Tips for Managing Remote Employees – Full-time remote work may continue to be with us for some time. Nicole L. Black discusses approaches that forward thinking law firm leaders can use to take advantage of this opportunity and fine tune their management skills for both in-office or remote teams. …

Subjects: KM

Review: Own the Map, by Conrad Samm

Jerry Lawson highly recommends Conrad Saam’s intriguing new book, Own the Map, which encourages lawyers to think about marketing in new and better ways. The author’s primary thesis is that most lawyers should concentrate appealing to potential clients near the lawyer’s location. Saam develops this thesis convincingly, but many will find his sometimes stunningly useful ideas about other aspects of lawyer marketing, like evaluating marketing efforts, even more valuable.

Subjects: Communications, Competitive Intelligence, KM, Law Firm Marketing, Legal Marketing, Search Engines, Social Media

Librarian, Market Thyself

Caren Luckie, Research Attorney at Jackson Walker LLP, acknowledges what so many of us know, that during COVID work from home we have all been very busy, and in many cases, even more than in past years. With no direct, in person contact with customers and clients, Luckie offers proactive ways to build and maintain visibility and value.

Subjects: Communication Skills, KM, Law Librarians, Legal Research Training, Library Marketing, Presentation Skills, Training

The Cord-Cutter’s Guide to Legal Research

In his review Jerry Lawson recommends Internet Legal Research on a Budget: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Lawyers, 2nd Edition as the single best resource he knows for lawyers interested in exploring how to cut legal research expenses by trying and using free or inexpensive legal information.

Subjects: Competitive Intelligence, Internet Resources, Internet Resources - Web Links, KM, Legal Research, Legal Technology, Search Strategies

Why Informal Information Sharing is Holding Your Organization Back

This article by Mary Ellen Bates is an excerpt from her recent presentation “The Strategic Value of Copyright Licensing Solutions,” to which she also provides a video link. Bates discusses ways published information is being used throughout organizations that you may not have considered, and the impact on copyright compliance.

Subjects: Communications, Competitive Intelligence, Copyright, Information Management, KM, Libraries & Librarians, Technology Trends, Training

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 24, 2021

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: How Do You Retire Technology and Limit Risk?; Postal Service Cops Are Monitoring Social Media: Document; FTC Says Racist Algorithms Could Get You In a Lot of Trouble; and What are the different roles within cybersecurity?

Subjects: Big Data, Civil Liberties, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Email Security, KM, Legal Research, Privacy, Social Media, Spyware, Technology Trends