John Croft

Elevate co-founder and president John Croft talks to The Lawyer about why it doesn’t make sense for law firms to build their own technology and the top trends to watch out for in the next couple of years.
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Billy Last CEO LexisNexis SA

Technology is transforming the information landscape and rapidly changing the workplace. The generally conservative legal industry has in no way been spared, with new technologies and innovations disrupting – and enabling – the practice of law, demanding that law firms and in-house legal teams transform the way they operate in order to meet new workplace and client demands. 

Eva by ROSS

ROSS says EVA will supercharge a lawyer’s research. As of this writing, I have seen a demonstration of EVA, but have not yet used it. However, based on the demonstration alone, and on the simple fact that EVA is free to use, I cannot imagine ever again filing a brief or reviewing an opponent’s brief without running it through EVA.
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Karl Blom of Webber Wentzel

South Africa has recently suffered its largest data leak to date with, conservatively, an estimated 60 million South Africans' personal information becoming publicly available. The gravity of the leak (and the risks associated with the sensitive information that has been imparted from it) cannot be overestimated. It has exposed numerous people to threats of identity fraud and related crimes.

Copyright bots

Christy Turner will do a lot for a good picture of the night sky. The photographer feeds her passion for the Northern Lights by monitoring weather conditions at home and, whenever she flies over the Arctic Circle, by making sure to sit on the right side of the plane. Her diligence has paid off: Turner’s work has been featured by CNN, HuffPost, and the Canadian edition of Reader’s Digest. Like many photographers, however, she’s also discovered her work elsewhere, even in print, in publications that never contacted or paid her.
Read more at Fast Company...

blockchain and capital investments

With the market cap of cryptocurrencies growing from around USD 15 billion in December 2016 to a staggering USD 815 billion in December 2017, it is not surprising that the subject found its way to many dinner table discussions during the 2017 festive season.

Google Yourself

While many South Africans may have typed their names into Google to see what fun results pop up, the fact that these results are permanent can be troubling – especially when the results call your character into question. Speaking to BusinessTech, Verlie Oosthuizen – head of social media law at Shepstone Wylie – explained that “at this stage it is not possible to ask for Google to remove links associated with a name search in South Africa.”
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Friend or enemy

The relationship between lawyers and technology is complicated. Many lawyers—especially those that did not grow up with computers—have a curious ambivalence towards it. They adopt technology for personal use but are reticent to embrace it professionally. They often tout their firm's ‘cutting-edge technology’ but do not provide a powerful voice to professionals within the firm charged with deploying it.
Read more at Forbes...

Aalia Manie from Webber Wentzel

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the apex of today’s technology age as we push the boundaries towards Industry 4.0 and superintelligence. It is already here in disruptive narrow forms, cutting across the economy and leaving no sector untouched. It has the potential to solve many of our biggest and most persistent problems.

robots are not lawyers

Motion to dismiss - May it please the Court of public opinion (though it probably won’t), I am a lawyer. As such, I move here to dismiss claims that a chatbot can do an attorney’s job.
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Drone insurance

Drones, formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles or remotely piloted aircraft systems, have gained significant commercial momentum over the past few years. While these aerial vehicles come at an expensive price, many people now buy one as a toy or it forms part of a hobby.

ai opinion

There are various definitions of Artificial Intelligence and it seems to be cropping up in just about every conversation these days.  I like to think about it as Artificial Intelligence (AI) being the concept of machines' ability to carry out tasks in an intelligent manner, with Machine Learning (ML) being a subset of AI (which allows machines to digest data and through the process, learn for themselves).

Smart contract using blockchain

There are many reasons we all stand back and “keep an eye” on blockchain technology, it is new technology – stay away until it becomes more of an accepted thing, there is no way it can be trusted – it is just technology trusting technology, outlaws use it to exchange money – lots of it.  Don’t be fooled, it is here and those taking it seriously are already working flat out to adopt the super secure and rock solid transaction history systems in just about all aspects of business – and law business is one with a big target on it’s back.

Law and blockchain

Josh Stark is a lawyer and head of operations and legal at Ledger Labs, a blockchain consultancy based in Toronto. In this CoinDesk Op-Ed, Stark argues that the field of "law and blockchain" encompasses two distinct topics: the application of law to the technology, and separately, the potential for that technology to transform legal systems and services.
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Data recover software review

Recovering deleted files from a storage device can be difficult for non-techies, but there is software available which makes the process easier for users. Recovery software varies in price and efficiency, though, and is often not as effective as taking the device to a professional.
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robot lawyers help people represent themselves in court

An online robot lawyer designed to help people represent themselves in court state their case to the sentencing magistrate will be launched by a Melbourne law firm this week. Bill Doogue, a partner at Doogue O'Brien George, said he had seen too many people — up to 30 per cent — going through the court system unrepresented.
Read more at ABC News...

Social media risks course by Bowman Gilfillan

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group’s employment law team specialising in social media law is holding a seminar aimed at business leaders on the implications, risks, legislation and strategies around social media use for business. The seminar will be held on 1 and 2 August 2016 at the firm’s Sandton offices.

electronic signatures for law firmsThe main object of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (ECT Act) is to facilitate electronic communications and transactions. One of the subordinate objects is to promote legal certainty. An aspect of legal certainty is to know when a document has been signed and when not.

legal productivity apps An overused word in the lexicon of innovative legal technology and the changing profession is “disruption.” Isn’t disruption just optimization by another name? With that thought in mind, here’s a list culled from feedback from solos and small firm lawyers and administrators, my own experience, and lots of research, that will help to optimize the day-to-day management and growth of your practice.
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call centre popiThe Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act has been making headlines over the past couple of months, especially where contact centres are concerned, which opens the debate to what contact centres need to and have done to ensure that they comply with the new Act.

bitcoinTechnology experts have compared Bitcoin to the Mona Lisa, calling it a masterpiece of technology. Bitcoin is undoubtedly the wild west of finance where huge amounts of wealth can be created and destroyed in a nanosecond.

e-toll privacySanral tracks a vehicle’s locational information on tolled freeways, which they do by taking photographs of the vehicle registration plates as the vehicle drives under the gantries. Basically location tracking. Locational privacy refers to the right of people to move about freely, without having their movements tracked. Information about a person’s movements can reveal a great deal about a person’s personal, social and political activities.
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drones legalised in south africaThe Director of the SA Civil Aviation Authority announced on 17 May that South Africa will introduce new regulations to help regulate remotely piloted aircraft systems, popularly known as drones. These regulations were recently signed by the Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters, and will be published and implementable by 1 July 2015. The long-awaited regulations are expected to encourage drone development, with huge potential benefits for the security industry.
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bitcoin“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” - Buckminster Fuller. The bitcoin train is really made up of two revolutions in one: money and finance, based on the bitcoin protocol, and exploiting the “currency programmability” aspects; and decentralized applications, based on the blockchain’s distributed technology capabilities.

lexsynergyGlobal domain name management and online brand protection specialists Lexsynergy Limited has announced the launch of a monthly webinar series designed to inform and update brand owners on new domain name extensions.

cliffe dekker hofmeyrDuring a press conference held on 13 March 2014, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) announced that it would launch a public inquiry into the state of competition in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. ICASA subsequently issued a notice inviting members of the public to comment on issues pertaining to competition in the ICT sector by 23 June 2014.

gTLD nightmaresThe internet as we know it has undergone a remarkable change in the past year as a result of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN’s) introduction of over a thousand new generic top level domain names (gTLDs).

lenovo phoneLawyers and law firms may no longer delay. All of their websites and blogs need to be optimized for mobile. Look no further than Kaylene Hong’s (@kaylenehong) report this morning for The Next Web that Lenovo, the world’s largest vendor of PC’s by sales volume, is becoming more of a mobile firm. It’s selling more smartphones than PCs for the first time ever.
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manual typewriterI often write about how quickly technology has changed and how difficult it can be for lawyers to keep up. It’s tough enough to keep abreast of changes in your practice area, let alone staying on top of the latest technology advancements.

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