What If: computing as we know it were wiped out tomorrow? As electronic legal information has become entrenched over the last several years, this question has occured to me as it relates directly to legal research. For the purpose of this mental meander let’s say that a particularly virulent piece of malware passes through the world’s computer systems, rendering them all but useless. What would legal research look like? (Let’s assume that we are ignoring the riots going on outside of our offices)
As of this point, I think the legal community could recover from such a catastrophe, legislation, journals and reporters are still readily available in print and most legal professionals have been part of the transition from print to electronic. But will we reach a point where the print resources, or the ability to use them, simply would not be there? And if so, how far away is that point?