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Want to improve AI for law? Let’s talk about public data and collaboration
When data scientists want to know if their artificial intelligence software can recognize handwritten digits, they have to test it. For most, this means taking a dataset of black-and-white handwritten symbols and running it through the software.
Use copyright law to battle mugshot extortion
After her DUI charge was dropped, Julie Cantu thought her nightmare was over. Then, she went on a date.
What’s actually happening when a cryptocurrency gets hacked?
In late January, the Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck was hacked, costing 260,000 users over $530 million in NEM, a cryptocurrency similar to bitcoin. This is the largest hack of its kind, but not the first. The previous record holder for largest crypto-heist was Mt. Gox, another exchange that saw $450 million in bitcoin stolen in 2014 leading to civil and criminal actions.
5 lessons for teaching law and technology

This piece was co-authored with Keith Porcaro, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center.

Over the fall semester, we ran an experiment at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Through a…

5 cybersecurity steps you should already be taking
If you have not noticed yet, the ABA Journal is undertaking a yearlong cybersecurity series.
Courts need help when it comes to science and tech
Social science research is “sociological gobbledygook,” at least according to Chief Justice John Roberts. The Chief Justice made this comment during the Oct. 3 oral argument for the political redistricting case Gill v. Whitford.
Chatbot apps help users communicate their legal needs
Using natural language, chatbots can simulate human conversation, giving the user the impression that they are talking with an actual person instead of with artificial intelligence. Chatbots are already being used in a variety of ways, including addressing customer needs, educating children, providing investment advice and even debating the meaning of life.
Deputy AG tells senators he knew Comey would be fired before he wrote memo
Updated: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told U.S. senators Thursday that he knew James Comey would be fired as FBI director before he wrote the memo recommending that action, the Washington Post and the New York Times reported Thursday.
TBD Law conference goes beyond basics
The invitation-only conference resembled more of a retreat and team-building enterprise than the usual “panels full of pundits” approach. Instead, the 50 or so attendees representing solo practices, small firms, legal service providers, technology companies and businesses were identified as tech-savvy innovators who had long since moved beyond the initial dilemma of whether to challenge the legal profession’s status quo.
Law firms use data to judge lateral hires’ potential success
Many law firms are turning to statistics and performance analytics to help them determine which of their laterals are delivering and which are not.
Software helps assemble social media posts from a specific event or point in time

Before he became a trial lawyer (and an advocate on behalf of the wrongfully convicted), Sean MacDonald in Toronto worked as a private investigator. His experiences on both sides of the coin taught him all too well how time-consuming and expensive it could be to locate eyewitnesses months or years after the fact.

Transparency has become part of the NSA mission, its GC says

The old joke about the National Security Agency was that it was so secretive and mysterious that it really stood for “No Such Agency.” So it might be a bit…

Technology is making it easier for lawyers to do pro bono work

The legal industry already has been heavily affected by technology and the “Uber-ization” of the marketplace. It follows that pro bono work also would be affected.

At TBD Law conference, lawyers share practice innovations

At a small table in a very large room, two lawyers discuss fixed client fees. They are from neighboring states, of similar experience and both in estate and trust practices, but facing the differences that come with jurisdictional regulations.

Law Scribbler: Acclaimed same-sex marriage advocate Evan Wolfson joins Dentons

When the Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that same-sex couples had a fundamental right to marry, it marked the culmination of famed civil rights attorney Evan Wolfson’s three decade-plus…

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