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Why Legal has nothing to fear from Technology

Yannick Duport | December 11, 2018

The science of document classification is not as old and venerable as the Law, but its roots go back to 19th century German academia. The first American school for library science saw the light of day at Columbia University in 1887. Now known as the School of Library Service, the department’s…

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Public Records Requests: time for Legal to make up with IT 

Yannick Duport | December 7, 2018

Nobody wants to make mistakes, and nobody wants to go to court. It happens, of course, and in 2017, the federal bill for litigation regarding Public Records Requests came to $40 million. This $40 million does not factor in the cost of business disruption, and the reputational damage of what are…

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Mind the gap: why outsourcing and IT tools hamper eDiscovery

Yannick Duport | December 4, 2018

eDiscovery is a massively disruptive event, and companies can be forgiven for wishing to outsource it. IT departments in particular get a raw deal: a lot of the burden of eDiscovery falls on their shoulders, but they are not in charge of the process.

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US Government Research on Using Technology to Improve FOIA Responses 

Yannick Duport | December 1, 2018

There’s been a concerted effort in recent years to improve the processes federal government agencies use to respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) records requests. Government agencies such as the National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) and the Department of Justice have researched…

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Lessons learned from 35 Years of Legal Searching

Jan Scholtes | November 27, 2018

Despite the fact full-text searching has been around since the 1960s, there remain many challenges in the field of legal searching technology to overcome. Search engines such as Google have created the general perception that we can search for anything, but this technology is driven by popularity,…

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AI and Data Analytics for the Financial Sector

Jan Scholtes | November 26, 2018


On October 18 of 2018, Legadex and ZyLAB organized a special lunch round-table for the financial sector in the beautiful restaurant “De Veranda” in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Together with Luc van Daele and Hans-Martijn Roos, we prepared an agenda to discuss how the financial sector can use AI and…

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Respond to FOIA Requests Quickly and Accurately 

Yannick Duport | November 23, 2018

Journalists, government watchdog organizations, and ordinary citizens are armed with a powerful tool to shed light on U.S. government activities: Freedom of Information laws. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and similar open records or “sunshine” laws in all 50 states require government…

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Assisted Review - let IT cut through the tech hype

Yannick Duport | November 21, 2018

The Law and Technology are not natural bedfellows. The Law explains itself in words (even words in Latin), but Technology uses networks, platforms, code – how many lawyers engaged in eDiscovery have ever seen a page of code, let alone written one? They have different mindsets, Legal and IT, and a…

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Social media’s impact on public records requests

Jeffrey Wolff | November 20, 2018

By 2002, we’d already come a long way. Then, we advanced so quickly that many are still struggling to catch up. Waves of innovation continually expand how we engage in public communications.

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