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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 10:14 AM

Consultation on Big Data may spur new law: lawyers Teresa Scassa sm

The Ontario government has launched a data strategy consultation to improve innovation and protect privacy in the “advancing era of Big Data.” Lawyers stress that while privacy is a main concern, there are broader implications, such as ethics and how data is used, that need to be considered. The consultation, launched Feb. 5, will roll out in three stages: pre-consultation that will be conducted online until March 7; province-wide roundtables to discuss key topics throughout the spring; and a strategy finalization phase in the fall. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 9:38 AM

Federal Court’s chief justice says webcast pilot part of modernization project Paul Crampton sm

The Federal Court’s recently launched webcast pilot project may be centred around “access to justice,” but according to Chief Justice Paul Crampton, it’s also part of a larger modernization plan that will include a new website, electronic access to records and improved scheduling capabilities. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

Human rights lens required for governments’ use of AI, panel says Cynthia Wong, Irene Poetranto, Petra Molnar sm

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are making it easier for governments worldwide to collect data on citizens and assist in making decisions in the immigration and justice sectors. While science fiction-esque advances in technology are the norm, the implications for human rights are not, so academics and rights-based organizations are asking the big questions. ... [read more]

Friday, February 08, 2019 @ 11:37 AM

Digital Hearing Workspace pilot project: One step closer to court modernization Documentswap

On Feb. 11, 2019, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice will launch its pilot project, the Digital Hearing Workspace (DHW). The program will apply to all Commercial List proceedings and will be used to deliver, store, organize and retrieve all documents electronically. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 9:54 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 12:53 PM

Experts give insights into pros and perils of a virtual law firm Lisa Stam

Lisa Stam had a good six-and-a-half year run practising employment, labour, pension and human rights law at Baker McKenzie in Toronto from 2007 to 2014. But over that time, she noticed a change in client expectations regarding legal services. ... [read more]

Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

Federal Court launches webcast pilot project

In an effort to enable access to hearings, the Federal Court is launching a webcast pilot project with its first trial scheduled to begin on Jan. 28 at 9:30 a.m. (PST). ... [read more]

Thursday, January 24, 2019 @ 1:42 PM

Alberta Law Society faces strategic planning year in 2019: incoming president Rob Armstrong, president-elect, Law Society of Alberta

The Law Society of Alberta needs to focus on training, access to justice and legal innovation as it plans for the challenges of the future, says the regulator’s president-elect. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Legal Aid Ontario emphasizes leveraging technology in new five-year strategic plan David Field sm

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has released a five-year strategic plan that highlights collaboration with social service organizations as well as increased use of technology as central parts of its effort in assisting low-income Ontarians with their legal needs. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 9:15 AM

Despite legal issues, smart tech good for real estate industry digital_realestate_sm

Poring over generic postings with limited information, glancing through blurry photos, attending open houses, standing over fax machines, anxiously awaiting a response. Driving out to meet your clients at a local café, presenting the offer, and getting paper signatures. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 9:27 AM

Hi-Tech: More women tech entrepreneurs just what industry needs | Luigi Benetton

Software development has long been known as a “boys’ club” but women leaders are making their mark on the industry too. Their perspectives may be what the field needs to build more sustainable successes. ... [read more]