Information Governance (InfoGovernance) is the specification of decision rights and an accountability framework to encourage desirable behavior in the valuation, creation, storage, use, archiving and deletion of information. It includes the processes, roles, standards and metrics that ensure the effective and efficient use of information to enable an organization to achieve its goals. Information governance should be an element in planning an enterprise's information architecture.

(Gartner Hype Cycle for Legal and Regulatory Information Governance, 2009, December 2009).

An Engagement Area (EA) is an area where the commander of a military force intends to contain and destroy an enemy force with the massed effects of all available weapons systems.

(FM 1-02, Operational Terms and Graphics, September 2004).

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Promise of Medical Technology? Managing the Management of InfoTech (Cartoon and Clip)

Daily we read, see and hear more and more about the role and responsibility of technology in the practice and management of medicine. This week’s cartoon and clip highlights the promise of technology in the practice of medicine (cartoon) and provides links to six interesting articles related to the management of medical information and technology (clip).


A Six Point Checkup: Considering Medical InfoTech

Provided below are links to six recently published articles related to the management of medical related information and technology.  
1.  Electronic Health Records and Data Abuse: It’s About More Than Medical Info by Cameron Camp (Click Here)
2. FDA Finalizes Guidance on Devices that Store and Transfer Data – Cooley Client Alert (Click Here)
3. Healthcare Data Security: Is Cloud Encryption Alone Enough by Kenneth Rosenblum and Liberty McAteer (Click Here)
4. M&A, Investment or Partnering Checklist for Medtech Companies by David Dykeman and David Peck (Click Here)
5. Healthcare Industry Poised to Take Giant Leap into the Cloud by Stan Roach (Click here)
6. “PhysTexting” Is Not Enough to Form a Patient-Physician Relationship by Robert Wolin (Click here)

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Ennui: Have We Grown Weary of e-Discovery?

By Craig Ball
I love the word “ennui.” It’s from the French for vexing and describes a feeling of languor, lassitude and listlessness. It speaks of an agitation and weariness born of having seen it all before. I picture artists and writers from the Belle Époque or The Crawleys of Downton Abbey before the Great War. “Bring the smelling salts, Carson. Her Ladyship has the vapors again.” “Ennui” aptly describes what I’m seeing in the e-discovery world.  We are bored with e-discovery.  It hasn’t gone away, as some foolishly imagined it might.  Most have endured rather than embraced e-discovery.

Big Data Land Mines for Insurers To Avoid In 2015

By Kevin Petrie
Before data was big, Google was a verb, or Gordon Moore wrote his law, insurers were using math and statistics to predict the future. As early as the 2 nd millennia BC, Babylonian sea merchants paid lenders extra for a promise of help if their ship was to sink. They set prices by correlating data points to calculate the likelihood and potential cost of a disaster at sea. Data was sparse, and one would assume neither merchant nor lender consistently got a good deal. In 2015, property, casualty, life and health insurance companies are awash in data.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

John Tredennick And Mark Noel Of Catalyst, On Technology Assisted Review

Many people are realizing that they have to change the way they work. And tools like technology assisted review are changing the way attorneys work. But it’s not going to replace them. TAR tools can quickly analyze millions of documents for subtle patterns, but only humans can decide what’s important to the case, or what stories the documents can tell. So these systems are hybrids: The machines do what they do best, and the humans do what they do best. There will be plenty of work to go around for skilled practitioners who know the tools and have the right skillsets.

Success Means Back to Basics for Content Management

One thing sticks out when looking across the wide world of information governance. People are tired of being thrust into the role of records manager. Even most of the records managers I know are tired of the role. There is too much to know and too many things to do that interrupt the flow of the day-to-day business. Automation has been a key goal for decades, but aside from high volume processing it has been the exception rather than the rule.
Auto-classification tools are advancing rapidly for declaring records. Microsoft showed its faith in the technology with its Equivio buy. OpenText is pushing the technology into email, sharing stories from the US Federal space with its at times staggering volume of email. Even the cloud vendors are jumping on board: Box announced plans to have auto-classification in its platform this year.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sweep Reveals Scale of Cookie Consent Non-Compliance

By Katie McMullan
The results of an international investigation into the cookie consent practices of 478 websites frequently visited by European citizens have now been published. The outcome is perhaps unsurprising: cookies are used en masse by websites operating in Europe, their expiry dates are often excessive, and crucially, not enough is being done to provide notice and obtain valid consent for the use of cookies and other device identifying technologies. The specific websites that were investigated are not identified (as yet), however those selected were amongst the 250 most frequently visited by individuals within each member state taking part in the […]

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Difficult (IG) Decisions? 100 Information Governance Enablers (Cartoon and Clip)

The Cartoon and Clip of the Week for February 11, 2015

Daily we read, see and hear more and more about the challenges associated with identifying, evaluating and selecting technologies and providers to support information governance initiatives. This week’s cartoon and clip highlights the difficulty of selecting appropriate offerings (cartoon) and provides a link to a short list of 100 information governance enablers (clip).


A Short List of 100 Information Governance Enablers

Alphabetically Ordered 
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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Information Governance v Search: The Battle Lines Are Redrawn

By Ralph Losey
There is a battle in the legal tech world between Information Governance and Search. It reflects a larger conflict in IT and all of society. Last year I came to believe that Information Governance’s preoccupation with classification, retention, and destruction of information was a futile pursuit. I challenged these activities as inefficient and doomed to failure in the age of information explosion. Instead of classify and kill, I embraced the googlesque approach of save and search. I became  wary of the whole approach of governing  information as hostile to individual privacy rights and liberties. In my experience IG rules […]

Friday, February 6, 2015

Top 10 International Privacy Developments of 2014

By Dan Cooper and Maria-Martina Yalamova
Safe Harbor Under Review.  2014 saw a continuation of the uncertainty around the future of the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Agreement.  In March 2014, the European Parliament voted to suspend the Agreement as a result of Edward Snowden’s revelations on the mass surveillance carried out by the U.S. Government.  Following on from the Parliament’s vote, the Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue continues to negotiate the areas where the Safe Harbor Agreement can be improved, as detailed in our blog posthere.  The dialogue seeks to reach agreement on 13 areas of potential improvement proposed by the European Commission in its report of 2013.  Eleven out of the 13 recommendations were close to final agreement by end of 2014; the final two are the most contentious, as they involve the activities of U.S. intelligence agencies.  The uncertainty was reiterated by Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for Digital Single Market, who said he might be willing to suspend the Agreement unless the security of EU citizens’ data could be guaranteed by the U.S.  Looking ahead, the CJEU is expected to examine the legality of the Safe Harbor Agreement in 2015 following a referral from Ireland’s High Court of a casebrought by privacy activist Max Schrems against the Irish Data Protection Commissioner effectively challenging the validity of Safe Harbor in Europe in relation to transfers from Facebook Ireland to Facebook’s U.S. parent company.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Mission Accomplished? Considering the EDRM

This is the second in a three-part series of “Throwback Thursday” posts that highlight ideas and opinions of announcements and reports from eDiscovery times past. These posts provide legal technology professionals an opportunity to consider current eDiscovery activities through the lens of yesterday’s thoughts.

Mission Accomplished? Considering the EDRM

Originally published in April, 2009.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Vendors at LegalTech: Balancing Sharing and Attention Spans (Cartoon and Clip)

The Cartoon and Clip of the Week for February 4, 2015

Daily we read, see and hear more and more from eDiscovery vendor’s about the attributes, advantages and accomplishments of their technology and talent. This week’s cartoon and clip highlights the importance for vendor’s to balance information sharing and attention spans (cartoon) and provides a first glance at some of the more interesting announcements being shared at the world’s largest legal technology event, LegalTech New York 2015, during the week of February 3-5 in New York City (clip).

A First Glance at Five LegalTech Announcements of Interest

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