Judge David Harvey of the District Court in Auckland, New Zealand, is well-known for his combination of practical technology understanding, judicial firmness and academic rigour.
I have moderated two panels with him this year, one in London and one in Singapore. At both, one of his themes was the increase in data derived from devices of all kinds grouped under the name the Internet of Things.
The Internet of Things, Judge Harvey says, has serious implications for corporations and requires control by a comprehensive information governance strategy. So far as eDiscovery is concerned, this data, on its own or aggregated with other data, is potentially discoverable and it has become essential to devise ways of managing it in a proportionate manner for litigation or other disputes.
That in turn means that lawyers and judges must have some understanding of what is involved.