Weekly Letter to Our Global Community – 9 Aug 22

Dear EDRM Community,

The word of the week is mainstream.

EDRM Weekly Letter to our Global Community 9 Aug 2022

Drop boxes are ok for babies, not ballots.  Google offered a data science model with a bit of overlap for the EDRM community.  Malcolm Gladwell disses on working from home.  Even Death Valley flooded and Appalachia is anticipating more flooding, here are ways to help.  Eric Topal offered a hopeful study on masking and distancing to prevent COVID even as this surge peaks, and as we face both monkeypox (not only an STD) and a resurgence of polio (polio!!)

EDRM announced a Ripped from the Headlines Flash Webinar series launching with a fireside chat between Craig Ball and Mary Mack on the Alex Jones damages trial’s Perry Mason moment  this Wednesday 8.10 at 1pm ET…

In legal tech this week, the Alex Jones trial lit up the boards with Craig Ball writing twice, here and here, Greg Bufithis offering his analysis.  Legaltech News‘ Isha Marathe wrote a breaking article on it where Mary Mack, Craig Ball and David Cohen of Reed Smith LLP weigh in with their thoughts on “Inadvertent Disclosure in Alex Jones Trial Leaves E-Discovery Experts Flabbergasted.“ Mary Mack’s thoughts on the Alex Jones inadvertent production “Alex Jones, Alex Jones, Alex Jones, We Got a Thing Goin’ On” here.  Monday, CNN reported the texts have been produced to the January 6th Committee.

Bloomberg offered their transactional legal tech survey showing a very healthy increase in cyber, privacy and product counsel (information governance) activities.  We are beginning to see authentication challengesto open source social media and video evidence.  The Law & Justice Journalism Project launched to bring together veteran journalists, producers, editors, and criminal legal system experts to improve reporting on issues related to justice and public safety. 

The very on time EDRM Text Message Metadata Primer Project launched last week, with a podcast by Project Trustee, Monica Harris.  EDRM announced a Ripped from the Headlines Flash Webinar series launching with a fireside chat between Craig Ball and Mary Mack on the Alex Jones damages trial’s Perry Mason moment this Wednesday 8.10 at 1pm ET and next week, a fireside panel discussion among Jason R. Baron, former director of litigation for NARA and two cyber lawyers, the Dever brothers on the Federal Records Act and the Secret Service, DHS and DOD’s migration and departing employees protocols and lost texts.  

And EDRM is proud to sponsor PREX, live and in person, at its ten year anniversary gathering.  EDRM22 at checkout will score a 50% discount.

EDRM projects are open to new contributors, please reach out to info@edrm.net to let us know your interest, and we will introduce you to the appropriate Project Trustee.  You can check out EDRM’s project listings here. 

Our Syndicated EDRM Global Podcast Network is available via iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and your favorite podcast app, so you can listen at your leisure.  Kaylee and Mary have our own podcast, the Illumination Zone, joining TAR Talk and Ryan Short’s eDiscovery After Hours podcasts.  Reach out to info@edrm.net to suggest guests, including your own fabulous self.   

Every Tuesday at 6PM Eastern, community members gather via Zoom to offer or request support as we navigate our work and personal challenges.  Email us at info@edrm.net to be included on the group invitation for the 125th support call. Remember, you are not alone, and you are welcome at our events, or to reach out for help.  If you are having a mental health emergency, please consider these resources for professional help.

We welcome your participation in our projects, webinars, support gatherings, and our EDRM Hub, our job board/event/directory website.  There is no charge for these EDRM offerings, thanks to our very generous partners. 

Popcorn at the ready,

Mary & Kaylee

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Mary Mack

Mary Mack is the CEO and Chief Legal Technologist for EDRM. Mary was the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West Treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel for 10 years and the co-author of A Process of Illumination: the Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery. She holds the CISSP among her certifications.