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E-Learning for Legal Organizations, Explained

Law firms and legal departments often rely on technology to create cost-effective training options. Mistakes can be costly, though. If you choose the wrong platform or make incorrect assumptions, both you and your program could lose credibility. In the second half of an interview with Holly MacDonald, driving force behind Canadian e-learning innovation consultancy Spark &+Co, we learn what to consider when creating an e-learning module, and...
Posted in: Education & Training, Education & Training: CLE/PD, Education & Training: Law Schools, Technology, Technology: Office Technology

Windows 10 Revealed

Microsoft gave details today about the Microsoft 10 OS. (Yes, they are skipping 9). For those still on Win 7 because you were not thrilled by the Win 8 interface, you will likely go direct to Win 10, as it attempts to address the interface issues that people did not like. (If you are still using Win XP – you are in dangerous territory, and should probably disconnect from the internet given that it is not being updated.) Win 8 works really...
Posted in: Technology

Is Wearable Tech Dead?

Nike just announced that it is exiting its FuelBand fitness tracker business. Another article claims that “it’s only a matter of time until [Google Glass] joins devices such as the Zune, the Kin, the PlayBook, and the Xoom in tech hell.” Despite musings that wearable tech is dead and dying, these are just growing pains. Wearable devices are still in an early bleeding edge phase where manufacturers and users are trying to...
Posted in: Technology

Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on technology, research and practice. Technology Filter Your Gmail Messages With Personalized Custom Email Addresses Dan Pinnington Most people don’t realize GmailIconthat you can use multiple address variations of your basic “yourname@gmail.com” Gmail address. Gmail lets you put a plus (“+”) sign and any combination...
Posted in: Tips Tuesday

Facts on Google Glass and Privacy

We’ve touched on Google Glass a few times at Slaw; and today I’d like to extend that conversation by highlighting a great article by Matt McGee over on Marketing Land: The Google Glass Privacy Debate: What’s Real & What’s Overblown Hype. While Glass isn’t yet available in Canada (though it is nice to see our Privacy Commissioner quizzing Google early), I thought McGee did an excellent job clarifying some of the...
Posted in: Technology: Internet

Big Data and Wearable Computing Spark Legal Issues

I think we are going to see over the next while some interesting technical developments with some equally interesting legal issues to ponder around big data and wearable computing. One of the things I like about being an IT lawyer is that I get to see interesting new technology and businesses, and with any luck do their legal work. Earlier this morning I was at a business that has some cool technology around social media and big data. It has...
Posted in: Technology

Wearable Computing – Legal Issues?

What do readers think about wearable computing? Is it cool or creepy? Where is the technology headed? What legal or other issues might arise from it? I’m thinking about this because I find the intersection of technology and law interesting, and I’ve been asked to speak about it this fall. Google Glass privacy concerns is a popular topic today, especially around the issue of the ability to record and save images and video, and what...
Posted in: Technology

Perspective Is an Important Element of Privacy

David Cheifetz David, And, of course, that Google Glass is (for now) arguably as plain as the nose on the face of the wearer while - notionally out of site (added - oops: I meant "sight", but the pun almost works) so out of mind - it's easy to forget the likelihood that the same scene is being captured by the traffic surveillance cameras, the outward-looking surveillance cameras on the buildings in the area, perhaps the ATM camera behind one,...
Posted in: Miscellaneous, Technology

Google Glass – the Creepy Intrusive Privacy Perspective

Google Glass is a cool concept. The thought of having a real-time augmented reality display brings interesting possibilities. In addition to possible courtroom use, take a look at 10 Compelling Ways People Plan To Use Google Glass, and 11 Kickass Ways Normal People Will Use Google Glass. Possibilities include surgery, education, gaming, and navigation. One of the hurdles to adoption is the practical aspect of whether people will want to wear...
Posted in: Substantive Law, Technology

More on Google Glass, Value in the Courtroom?

David and I both touched on Google Glass in April of last year, the company’s new project to push computing technology into our eyewear. A new video, released yesterday, offers some additional insight into what it might be like to wear such a product. [embedded below] These video clips are obviously targeting the capture of lifestyle moments, but with respect to lawyers, I’ve been wondering if there could be any value in the...
Posted in: Technology, Technology: Office Technology