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Daily Archives: June 20, 2014

Legal Technology Future Horizons

Via June Liebert – International Legal Technology Association: “Released in May 2014, Legal Technology Future Horizons (LTFH) is a report that provides insights and practical ideas to inform the development of future business and IT strategies for law firms, law departments and legal technology vendors.  The research, analysis and interpretation of the findings were undertaken by Fast Future Research and led by Rohit Talwar. The methodology included desk research, workshops in Hong Kong, New York and Las Vegas; two global surveys; interviews with managing partners and CIOs from law firms and corporate legal departments, vendors to the legal industry, external futurists, and academics and experts on technology and innovation; and case studies on the application of IT in law firms. The extensive report includes information on: 

  • Global Drivers of Change
  • Strategic Challenges for the Legal Sector
  • The Emerging Technology Timeline
  • Future Strategic Applications and Challenges of Technology
  • Implications, Opportunities and Scenarios for the Management of Legal IT
  • Capturing Business Value from IT — The Leadership Challenge

UK Guardian – Robot doctors, online lawyers and automated architects: the future of the professions?

Advances in technology have long been recognised as a threat to manual labour. Now highly skilled, knowledge-based jobs that were once regarded as safe could be at risk. How will they adapt to the digital age? “Last year, reporters for the Associated Press attempted to figure out which jobs were being lost to new technology.… Continue Reading

Breadwinning Mothers, Then and Now

Sarah Jane Glynn: “The movement of women out of the home and into the paid labor force has changed the way families live and work today. The role of working mothers as breadwinners has received increased media and scholarly attention since the Center for American Progress first released “The New Breadwinners,” a chapter in 2009’s The Shriver Report: A Woman’s… Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – NASA Export Controls, Tobacco Product Regulation

EXPORT CONTROLS: NASA Management Action and Improved Oversight Needed to Reduce the Risk of Unauthorized Access to Its Technologies, GAO-14-690T: Published: Jun 20, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2014. TOBACCO PRODUCT REGULATION: Most FDA Spending Funded Public Education, Regulatory Science, and Compliance and Enforcement Activities, GAO-14-561: Published: Jun 20, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 20, 2014. Continue Reading

Clinton, Elder Bush Most Positively Rated Living Presidents

Gallup – Americans view all former presidents more positively than negatively: “Americans view each of the four former living presidents more positively than negatively, while giving Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush higher favorable ratings than George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. Current President Barack Obama has a net-negative favorable rating. The younger Bush’s current favorable rating… Continue Reading

The Future of the State – Wharton

“Recent trends show a rapid expansion of state activity in some parts of the emerging world at the same time that social programs in education, health care, unemployment benefits and old-age pensions have stagnated or even retrenched in the advanced industrial economies. In addition, the recent global financial crisis has triggered an increasing presence of the… Continue Reading

MIT and Harvard release de-identified learning data from open online courses

MIT News release: “A research team from Harvard University and MIT has released its third and final promised deliverable — the de-identified learning data — relating to an initial study of online learning based on each institution’s first-year courses on the edX platform. Specifically, the dataset contains the original learning data from the 16 HarvardX and MITx courses… Continue Reading

Fed Policy Expectations and Portfolio Flows to Emerging Markets

Koepke, Robin, Fed Policy Expectations and Portfolio Flows to Emerging Markets (June 18, 2014). Available at SSRN: “The Federal Reserve’s unconventional monetary stimulus measures have revived a controversial policy debate about the impact of U.S. monetary policy on capital flows to emerging markets. This paper presents evidence of an important transmission channel that has not… Continue Reading

The Zero Lower Bound and Endogenous Uncertainty

Plante, Michael and Richter, Alexander W. and Throckmorton, Nathaniel A., The Zero Lower Bound and Endogenous Uncertainty (April 30, 2014). Available at SSRN: “This paper documents a strong negative correlation between macroeconomic uncertainty and real GDP growth since the Great Recession. Prior to that event the correlation was weak, even when conditioning on recessions. At… Continue Reading

World Refugee Day

UN – “For years, many countries and regions have been holding their own Refugee Days and even Weeks. One of the most widespread is Africa Refugee Day, which is celebrated on 20 June in several countries. The UN General Assembly, on 4 December 2000, adopted resolution 55/76 where it noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951… Continue Reading