Legal Cheek tech columnist i@n davison reviews Friday's LawTechCampLondon.
Do you want to be Kodak or Instagram? I have my wife ask me this question first thing every morning. No prizes for guessing which way I respond. But it is helpful to receive regular updates of key paradigms – and remind myself of where I want to be in relation to them.
With a view to not becoming a legal Kodak, I listened intently to the new ideas that were discussed at Friday’s fantastic LawTechCampLondon, attended by leading figures including futurologist Richard Susskind and The Kernel's Milo Yiannopoulos. Below I have listed the five observations which made the most impression on me.
Since I discovered the new social networking site Pinterest – which is best described as an online pinboard – I’ve watched curiously to see whether it would catch on with lawyers.
Many have dipped in and made a few, often pretty bizarre, boards, then disappeared again. Take Travis Kovács’ Lawyers, Guns, and Money board (an extract from which is below), for example, which has just ten pins and hasn’t been updated for a while. Actually, I’m not sure Travis is a lawyer, but you get the point.
As you’d expect, BPP Law School’s Pinterest offering features no firearms. But it is similarly neglected, with a mere three pins on its Student Successes board – a reflection, surely not, of this great institution's lack of successes...
There are, however, a smattering of good lawyer pinboards out there. Here are my top five (in no particular order) – including one that is actually on Tumblr but whose pictures constantly end up on Pinterest.
Female judge and lawyer 'found half-naked in back of vehicle reeking of booze' – Daily Mail
Ex-Norton Rose trainee Alexandra Singer (pictured) recovers from coma to release novel – The Independent
Lawyer who sued his exes for their posts about him on LiarsCheatersRUs.com loses case – LA Weekly
Insurance Industry 6, Legal Profession 0 - Post
Legal or illegal? Pinterest is Under The Microscope – Freestyle Interactive