Behaviour informatics and eDiscovery company UBIC is running a big data and information governance seminar in Washington on Friday 6 December. It takes place at the National Press Club and starts at 8.00am. Speakers include US Magistrate Judge John Facciola and Jason Baron of Drinker Biddle & Reath. I am moderating a panel on data privacy.
This is a tightly packed programme, aiming to fit high-quality input into the shortest space – the event occupies only the morning and is due to end at 1:30pm. There is an event summary here, and the registration page is here.
It begins and ends with top-notch keynotes – Jason Baron will open by talking on the subject of Applying TAR to information governance. I wrote about Jason Baron’s move to Drinker Biddle here, identifying it as one of the most significant developments of 2013 that a law firm should so overtly promote its expertise in proactive information governance. We think of technology assisted review primarily as a tool for reacting to very large discovery problems. Why not use it to anticipate and reduce those problems in advance of eDiscovery issues?
There is plenty to talk about in US eDiscovery at the moment, with proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil procedure, the continuing debate about the use of technology assisted review, costs-shifting, cooperation and competence, to say nothing of privacy concerns. That requires a context, and Judge Facciola will give that in a talk entitled What the Past 10 Years of eDiscovery Have Taught Us about Lawyers, Judges and Technological Change.
In between these two substantial bookends are two panel sessions on key topics. The first is called Benchmarking Big Data Analytics and its panel members are Ayumi Nishino of NEC Corp., Elle Pyle of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Wendy Butler Curtis of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, William P. Butterfield of Hausfeld LLP and Paul Starrett of UBIC North America, Inc.
The second is called IG & Data Privacy Challenges for Global Corporations under U.S. Regulatory Investigations. I am going over to moderate this panel, whose members include David Shonka of the Federal Trade Commission, Gil S. Keteltas of BakerHostetler, Stephen M. Byers of Crowell & Moring, Patrick Burke of Reed Smith and Conor R. Crowley of Crowley Law Office.
The relationship between privacy and eDiscovery is one full of inherent difficulty, with the one suppressing what the other would expose. This is an A Grade team to discuss these subjects, and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to moderate it.
Do please come along for what promises to be a high value occasion. The seminar is complimentary, once again registration is here.