Podcasts From the Slow Road Between Halifornia and Toronto

I’ve just returned from a couple of weeks in Halifax. But for Earl – which was downright scary – the sunshine and surf were A+. If I didn’t know that Nova Scotia has a six week window of post-fog/pre-cold pleasant weather in a year I’d suggest we start calling the place “Halifornia.” I love it there, but not for the weather.

As usual for us, Seanna and the kids flew and I drove back solo with Buffalo the cat. With tear-inducing traffic in Montreal it took 19 hours, which left lots of time for podcasts. Here’s a list of some that I’d endorse as potentially relevant to Slaw readers.

  1. Paul Ohm – Law, Policy and the Limits of Anonymization. A Center for Information Technology Policy lecture from April 2009. The difficulty in anonymizing data sets in a manner that reduces all practical risk of “reidentification” raises good privacy compliance issues given privacy regulation usually requires information to be about an identifiable individual in order to apply. Professor Ohm says this feature of privacy regulation is flawed.
  2. Ron Hedges – An Overview of Discovery of Electronically Stored Information. This is a Center for Information Technology Policy lecture from last October by Ron Hedges, Slaw contributor, former magistrate judge and current advisor to The Sedona Conference. As the title suggests, the lecture provides an overview. It’s a good primer and also identifies some leading edge e-discovery issues, particularly in the Q&A.
  3. Open University – Privacy Laws and the Media. This is more about the law of defamation than the law of privacy proper. It’s a recording of an August 2010 conversation between Professor Gary Slapper and Frances Gibb, Legal Editor of The Times. They both believe the balance has shifted too far in favour of UK plaintiffs. It’s a very good discussion but, ironically, is completely one-sided.
  4. Lawyer2Lawyer – The North Carolina State Bar & Cloud Computing. For those who are unaware, Lawyer2Lawyer is a great American legal affairs podcast. This one, from May 2010, is about the issues raised by lawyers’ use of cloud computing services as addressed by a North Carolina State Bar proposed opinion on the issue (which appears to still be under study). It features Jack Newton of Clio, who has just become a regular contributor to Slaw. Welcome Jack! Good show here.
  5. HBR Idea Cast – What Was Privacy? This is an interview with Lew McCreary of the HBR about his October 2008 HBR article of the same name. He argues that consumer perceptions of privacy are changing and business must adjust.
  6. HBR IdeaCast – The Subtleties of Strategic Swearing. A conversation borne from President Obama’s June 2010 “whose ass to kick” line. An interview with Professor Bob Sutton of Stanford. Swearing is an oral advocacy tool worked well by many in the labour bar.
  7. HBR IdeaCast – Leading Clever People. An interview with Gareth Jones, co-author of “Clever: Leading Your Smartest, Most Creative People.” By “clever,” Jones means independent and unwanting of leadership but with a great raw ability to contribute. Need I explain this one’s relevance to the legal services sector?

I’ve included links to direct sources above, but all of these are also available on iTunes.

I hope you find a chance to enjoy one or more of these. Any offended Nova Scotians can let me have it by commenting below!

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