Around the block: 10/18/10
Posted by rjbiii on October 18, 2010
A few articles of note:
Unsurprisingly, to those who have been paying attention, some of Facebook’s apps transmit personally identifiable data. This breaks Facebook’s rules and raises many of the same privacy questions that has dogged the site in recent times. From the a WSJ article on the issue:
The problem has ties to the growing field of companies that build detailed databases on people in order to track them online—a practice the Journal has been examining in its What They Know series. It’s unclear how long the breach was in place. On Sunday, a Facebook spokesman said it is taking steps to “dramatically limit” the exposure of users’ personal information.
“A Facebook user ID may be inadvertently shared by a user’s Internet browser or by an application,” the spokesman said. Knowledge of an ID “does not permit access to anyone’s private information on Facebook,” he said, adding that the company would introduce new technology to contain the problem identified by the Journal.
The Ensigns blog has posted an interesting article on Search, perhaps inaptly entitled E-Discovery Search: The Truth, the Statistical Truth, and Nothing But the Statistical Truth. It is a very good primer on search, rather than on statistical methodology that one might surmise from the title. It is, however, a good article. An example is a passage on Latent Semantic Indexing:
What does “Latent” mean? Roughly speaking, it means “hidden.” And “Semantic” means, again roughly, “meaning.”
So, the phrase is actually descriptive of what we are trying to accomplish: find the hidden meanings (patterns) in a collection of documents, not because of the specific words we choose as input, but because of the other words in the documents containing the words we did choose and their “co-occurrence” with words in other documents, documents which do not contain our search terms.
Law.com provides you 10 helpful tips for managing cases. In 10 Tips for Effective Litigation Case Management, there is more than just a nod to applying project management principles to help with ROI and making decisions, an approach of which I greatly approve. From the article:
The past decade has ushered in significant new challenges in litigation case management. These include: the explosion in electronic discovery, the increasing importance of cross-border cooperation in litigation and investigations, and the expectation that counsel will keep abreast of, and communicate to their clients, changes in relevant legal rules and precedent on a virtually real-time basis.
These challenges have been accelerated by the global financial crisis, which has led clients to become more comfortable asking for, and coming to expect, services and fee arrangements tailored to their unique needs and goals. We are in an era of increasing competition and increasingly sophisticated legal consumers. The goal must be maximizing client value without sacrificing quality service. In the end, after all, the business of law really is all about the client and achieving its objectives.
In brief, other topics include:
- Hong Kong may criminalize unlawful transfers of personal data;
- Boston College 3L Asks for His Money Back; Hilarity Ensues;
- RIP, Benoit Mandelbrot, Novel Mathematician. See his presentation on Fractals and the Art of Roughness.