Weaponized Social Media

In the article, “Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media” by Carole Cadwalladr, Cadwalladr discusses the power of social media. For example, Facebook can be used to predict a person’s personality. This is done by measuring 150 “likes”. “[W]ith knowledge of 150 likes, their model could predict someone’s personality better than … Continue reading Weaponized Social Media

Virtual Reality in the Courtroom

Virtual reality has arrived, and its awesome. It has the potential to revolutionize the way we learn, the way we conduct business, the way we interpret medical imaging, the way we litigate, and so on. If admitted into evidence, virtual reality would change the way we present medical imaging and present expert testimony in the … Continue reading Virtual Reality in the Courtroom

Commentary: The Lawyer, The Addict

  “The law is a jealous mistress and requires a long and constant courtship.” – US Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story in 1829 In the New York Times article “The Lawyer, the Addict”, the prevalence of addiction is discussed. Lawyers are said to one of the most depressed, anxious, unhealthy group of people. Why? The … Continue reading Commentary: The Lawyer, The Addict

Legal Pedagogy: Broadening the Conversation

Richard and Daniel Susskind argue in the Future of the Professions that technology will displace traditional ways of working. To respond to this, our law schools need to go beyond teaching black letter law. We need to embrace inter-disciplinary education. It is not enough to just select students from different faculties. We must also select teachers from … Continue reading Legal Pedagogy: Broadening the Conversation

How to Stop Our Civil Courts from Atrophying

“To stand by as civil courts continue to atrophy risks jeopardizing the health of our democracy, our economy, and our private law… [W]e must change our ways and work to re-invigorate our public civil courts.” Justice David M. Brown of the Ontario Court of Appeal in “Commercial Litigation in the Next 10 Years: A Call … Continue reading How to Stop Our Civil Courts from Atrophying

Succeeding at Being Original

  In Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam Grant analyzes what makes an original thinker successful. An “original” is someone who champions novel ideas. Originals vary in their approaches to risk. Some originals are gamblers. “Others are penny-pinching germophobes.” But to be an original, you ultimately need to try something new. The most successful … Continue reading Succeeding at Being Original

From Bleak House to The Promise of Online Dispute Resolution

On such an afternoon some score of members of the High Court of Chancery bar ought to be … engaged in one of the ten thousand stages of an endless cause, tripping one another up on slippery precedents, groping knee-deep in technicalities, running their goat-hair and horse-hair warded heads against walls of words and making … Continue reading From Bleak House to The Promise of Online Dispute Resolution

The Canary in the Coal Mine

In many ways the taxicab industry is the canary in the coal mine. Silently ringing the alarm to tell us that technology companies are circling in on highly regulated industries, ready to disrupt them, ready to leave a wreckage at whatever the cost. The scariest part of it all? These new technology companies operate outside … Continue reading The Canary in the Coal Mine

Data Creation: Data Visualization

It’s been said that “more data has been created in just the last two years than in the entire previous history of the human race, according to the Scandinavian research group SINTEF. ” With the rise of literacy after the printing revolution and the emergence of the internet-based information society, more and more information is … Continue reading Data Creation: Data Visualization

Law Society of Upper Canada: A Call to Arms

You don’t have to look very far to see that platforms are dominating the Internet. Just look at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Uber, and PayPal. Twenty years ago none of these companies existed. Unlike those technology companies, the Law Society of Upper Canada has been around since 1797. The motto of the Law Society is “Let Right Prevail.” … Continue reading Law Society of Upper Canada: A Call to Arms