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SANS Top 20 Internet Security Attack Targets (2006 Annual Update)

The SANS Institute, a leading information security organization, has released its Top 20 Internet Security Attack Targets (2006 Annual Update) report. The report is a consensus list of Internet vulnerabilities that require immediate attention and remediation. Its developed by leading security experts, security software vendors and consulting firms, university security programs, the Internet Storm Center, and other user organizations. According to the report, the Internet’s top 20 hacker targets include:
-Microsoft Internet Explorer
-Windows libraries
-Microsoft Office
-Mac OS X
-P2P file sharing applications
-media players
-instant messaging
-VoIP servers and phones
For each target, the report provides . . . [more]

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Canadian Legal Research Firm

I’ve found a Canadian law firm that specializes in legal research. OnPoint Legal Research Law Corporation is a B.C. firm that also has an office in Alberta. It seems that although they have physical offices, much of their work is arranged by phone or email. The lawyers are mostly young, which leads me to wonder whether this portends something for legal practice in Canada.

(Someone should tell them that their lovely Flash enhanced website doesn’t have a page title for its home page — which may be one of the reasons they’ve had to pay for Google preference.)

Are there . . . [more]

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Our Intrepid Simon C Featured (And Pictured) in Law Times on Conflicts of Interest

Our own Simon C. is featured in an interesting article available here from Law Times. The article, provocatively entitled “Judges Hijacking Law Firm Business”, discusses the challenges law firms face on handling conflicts of interest and the costs and problems when conflict issues are required to be resolved by the courts.

Simon’s picture is available and was front page in the print edition.

A link is also provided to Simon C’s brief online 20 question survey on Conflict of Interest in Canadian Law Firms, available here. . . . [more]

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Changes in Legal Research and Analysis

In light of Michel-Adrien’s very interesting note, here are some materials I found recently.

This diagram is from a 1979 paper on the elements of legal research and analysis.

I wonder how this would compare with a model of current practices.

I discovered it at MIT’s Dspace repository. Here is a link to the record:

But the most interesting thing about the search process was searching techxtra for “legal research.” This service searches multiple specialized sources and provides results in a very legible way.

It is, BTW, a great example of GL, complete with a typo on the front . . . [more]

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International Surveillance and Privacy Survey From Queen’s University

Earlier this week, Queen’s University researchers released the results of a survey of 9,000 people around the world about their experiences with surveillance and privacy.

“This is believed to be the first cross-cultural study of its kind that explores relationships between attitudes and experiences, and how much people trust corporations and governments to handle personal information, including the sharing of such information with third parties, the researcher says… the survey included nearly 50 questions on participant’s attitudes about issues like consumer surveillance, racial profiling at airports, national ID cards, media coverage of surveillance issues, workplace privacy, knowledge of privacy

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Does Computerized Research Change How Lawyers Think?

Elizabeth M. McKenzie, law professor at the Suffolk University Law School in Boston, has published the findings of an empirical study on how the use of full-text online legal resources has changed the way lawyers conduct legal analysis and how they write.

From the abstract of Computers in Law: Changing the Way Lawyers Think:

“Using textual analysis, the author empirically measured changes in legal practice brought about by the use of computers. The author compared briefs and decisions with an issue of first impression from a decade before computers entered the practice of law and again, a decade when

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Website Use Agreements II

Following on from my post about the website use agreement at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Rob Hyndman, lawyer and blogger, was kind enough to show me what he uses for his “legals”. I think the contrast is great and Rob’s work should be made more visible. So, with his permission, here’s the Hyndman offering:

Legal Notices

This notice governs your use of my websites and any materials or feeds provided on or by them (the “Sites”). In general, I believe that website terms and conditions are too complicated and are drafted without a common-sense appreciation of the real risks

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Is It a Blog or a Book?

The Institute for the Future of the Book in New York has been using web 2.0 concepts to develop experiments in the “networked book”. To me, these look more like blogs, but it is really an extension of the Wikipedia idea carried into the world of monograph publishing. I’m not sure what I think of this development, exactly, but I can see the potential use for scholarship and instruction. One of the books referrred to in the article is Without Gods: Towards a History of Disbelief by Mithcell Stephens of NYU. I found this interesting, because the book is placed . . . [more]

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Protection Du Cyberconsommateur Québécois, Enfin…

On l’attendait depuis pas loin de 10 ans; l’on dispose tout du moins de certains fondamentaux, ma foi, fort intéressants. La Loi sur la protection du consommateur est donc susceptible de faire peau neuve avec la présentation jeudi dernier du projet de loi 48 s’intitulant Loi modifiant la Loi sur la protection du consommateur et la Loi sur le recouvrement de certaines créances.

À chaud, elle a suscité une réaction fort heureuse de l’Union des consommateurs, ce qui est sans doute bon signe, cette organisation affirmant le jour même dans un communiqué:

«L’Union des consommateurs applaudit l’initiative

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BeSpacific is featuring a U.S. site, Historic Federal Courthouses, that lets you browse through the fifty and see old photographs of American court buildings and some info about dates, architects and the like. This is a worthwhile venture, and so far as I can tell there's nothing comparable in Canada. There should be.
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The Papered Office

Statistics Canada has released a study from its Connectedness Series entitled “Our lives in digital times.” The Daily has a summary, and the full 24 page report is available in pdf format.

The main thrust of the study’s findings seems to be that when it comes to information and communication technologies (ICTs) things haven’t worked out in the way we imagined they would. For example,

The arrival of the personal computer gave much talk to the “paperless office”. However, between 1983 and 2003, consumption of paper for printing and writing alone more than doubled, according to the study, entitled

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