I have been listening to a podcast which I made recently for IQPC as part of the run-up to their Information Retention & E-Disclosure Management Summit in London on 17-19 May 2010. It can be accessed from the Summit’s home page. It is not that I reckoned to learn anything new, you understand, nor is there any narcissistic pleasure in hearing the sound of my own voice, but it is no bad thing occasionally to know what the audience is hearing, as Gordon Brown discovered last week.
The recording covers recent cases, the proposed e-Disclosure practice direction and ESI Questionnaire, and the e-Disclosure elements in Lord Justice Jackson’s Report. It also considers the importance of learning about what happens in other jurisdictions, and the collision between the US and the EU on matters of privacy and data collection. It ends with the observation that this subject is one with opportunities as well as risks – there is work to be won by those who take the trouble to learn a little about e-Disclosure problems and the solutions. It ends with the exhortation that “‘Get on with it’ has to be the message of 2010”.
The recording is intended to provide a context for the Summit, in particular for the US-UK judicial panel.
Listening to it, I realise that it would be helpful to publish an article based on a transcript of what I said, not for any claimed quality in the broadcast but because the format requires succinct compression and logical grouping of topics under headings framed as interview questions. What I write here tends to be about discrete aspects of e-Disclosure / eDiscovery – a case report or a reflection on something which I have heard about – and the broad sweep of the whole scene is missing in written form.
I do not promise to do this any time soon, and you may care to listen to the podcast in lieu of such an article. It takes about 30 minutes.
All the topics covered in the podcast will come up at the Summit, along with many others. I am involved in some capacity in the planning of more than one of the sessions, and it is interesting to see how many different facets there are to what may appear a single problem.
One of the pleasures at these big conferences is meeting readers whom I know only as part of my web stats report. I will be there all the way through so do come and say hello.