Author: Jason R. Baron

The Sedona Conference Publishes Commentary on Information Governance, Second Edition

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The Sedona Conference® has released a Public Comment Version of its Commentary on Information Governance, Second Edition.  The latest edition of this Commentary sets out 11 principles of information governance that provide a strategic framework for senior management to make decisions with respect to all information within an enterprise and accounts for changes and advances in technology and law that have occurred over the past four years.   It also incorporates guidance on information governance contained in The Sedona Principles, Third Edition, which we discussed in a previous blog post. As defined in this Commentary, information governance “means an organization’s coordinated, interdisciplinary approach to satisfying information compliance requirements and managing information risks while optimizing information value.”   The Commentary recognizes that information governance encompasses a variety of disciplines, including traditional records and information management, data privacy, information security, and e-discovery.

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Smart Uses of Data Analytics for In-House Counsel

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The effective use of data analytics is quickly changing the legal landscape and the practice of law for the better. This is a fast-changing area where today’s “use cases” will be quickly superseded by new and more powerful uses of these technologies. This post discusses key areas where in-house counsel may consider the use of data analytics either as a solely in-house measure or in connection with engagements with outside counsel.

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Drafting an Information Governance Program Charter

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This is the second in an occasional series of blog posts providing practical guidance on how to create an information governance program and how successfully to execute on specific information governance projects.

In our first blog post in this series, we discussed managing share drives and getting rid of redundant, outdated and/or trivial information, otherwise known as “ROT.” Today, we will focus on the essential elements of an Information Governance Charter.

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Partnership for Public Service Releases White Paper on Using Artificial Intelligence to Transform Government

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The Partnership for Public Service has issued a report that examines how artificial intelligence (AI) is being used by federal and state authorities in a variety of areas.

The research for the report, “The Future Has Begun: Using Artificial Intelligence to Transform Government,” was performed in collaboration with the IBM Center for The Business of Government and includes four case studies. The first case study involved using AI techniques originally created at the University of South Carolina to fight crime more effectively.  The software was originally used to fight domestic terrorism by helping federal and state officials determine potential targets and  make recommendations on randomizing patrol routes, security schedules for police officers, boat patrol routes, and assigning air marshals to flights.   In a later application of the same software, the same system was given to wildlife rangers in Africa to assist in making decisions on which wildlife areas to patrol on any given day to protect both animals and plants.  This was in response to presidential Executive Order 13648 issued in 2013 to have the Agriculture, Treasury and State Departments assist in combating wildlife crime.

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Recordkeeping Corner: All About Those Presidential Tweets & Self-Destructing Messages

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President Trump’s first tweet in office was sent within an hour of his inauguration on January 20, 2017, and it has been followed by hundreds of tweets from both @POTUS and @realDonaldTrump.   Are his tweets considered presidential records to be preserved permanently by the National Archives and Records Administration at a future Trump presidential library?   What is the record status of his deleted tweets?  And what is the record status of other state-of-the-art communications like Confide and Signal, which are designed to self-destruct like the message on the tape in “Mission: Impossible?

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