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eDiscovery Journal essays by Greg Buckles, peers and anyone else who is willing to speak their personal truth from the eDiscovery trenches. Validated members are encouraged to join the discussion.

Post Pandemic Paradigm Shift in Corporate Discovery?

2020 was a write off for many in the eDiscovery market. Client initiatives held or cancelled outright while the judiciary granted mass continuances as they struggled with the transition to remote hearings. Many of my long-term clients issued work stoppages that lasted more than six months. 2021 arrived carrying all those [...]

By |November 16th, 2021|Categories: Essay, Corporate, Matter Management, Content Management, ESI Sources|0 Comments

eDJ Brief: Evidence Optix – Visualizing Proportionality

A good friend from my Summation days put Insight Optix CEO Mandi Ross in touch with me to explore her new cloud matter scoping platform, Evidence Optix (EO). At first I struggled with whether matter scoping and cost estimation was a broad enough pain point to interest my corporate clients. Most [...]

So How Did You Fall Into eDiscovery?

If you have not caught Tom O’Connor and Rachi Messing’s ongoing interviews with old school eDiscovery personalities, you should. Their interviews include Duane Lites of Jackson Walker, Ian Campbell of iCONECT, Gene Eames of Pfizer, Chris Dale of the eDisclosure Information Project and many more talented peers. Because there was no [...]

By |November 1st, 2021|Categories: Essay|0 Comments

M365 Core eDiscovery Retires Search by ID List

Microsoft change notice MC291088 announced the retirement of the Core eDiscovery Search by ID List feature because “it is not functioning to an adequate level and creates significant challenges for organizations who depend on consistent and repeatable results for eDiscovery workflows.” That is a remarkably frank statement that this feature was [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Categories: Essay, Collectors, Collection, Search|0 Comments

LTNY/Legalweek 2022 – Will I See You There?

I have a confession. Except for a few panel invitations, I have opted out of pretty much every virtual eDiscovery/IG industry, association or customer conference since the pandemic started. Despite some excellent content and exciting trends, I missed walking the exhibit hall, bumping into old/new friends and the networking gatherings where [...]

By |October 13th, 2021|Categories: Essay|0 Comments

Is Deletion Dead?

Over the decades I have driven far too many defensible deletion, classification or similar initiatives aimed at removing the ROT from corporate local, network and cloud data stores. I have wondered many times whether these were Sisyphean tasks even as I generated ROI estimates based on data reduction to justify the [...]

By |October 12th, 2021|Categories: Essay, Preservation, Content Management|2 Comments

.Fluid Office Files – Are You Ready for Them?

Fluid Office files are Microsoft’s next generation of dynamic collaboration documents for Teams Chat and other communication channels. Multiple users will be able to simultaneously edit tables, agendas and task lists within M365 online mailbox, SharePoint sites and Teams chats. “Google Docs on steroids” indeed. Thankfully, the default OneDrive and SharePoint [...]

By |October 4th, 2021|Categories: Provider, Corporate, Essay, Firm, Collection, Processing, ESI Sources, Architecture|0 Comments

eDJ Brief: Ligl

When my old friend Michael Lappin took a role at Ligl (formerly Vertical Discovery) I knew that I needed to see what had lured him there. Ligl is providing what they call an ‘orchestration hub’ for corporate and firm eDiscovery teams. Despite MSFT’s efforts and the ongoing eDiscovery market consolidation, most [...]

By |September 20th, 2021|Categories: Platform, Corporate, Essay, Collectors, Legal Holds, ESI Sources, Purchase|0 Comments

Go Ahead, Be Obscene in that Teams Meeting

The Obscenity list was one of the first automatic classification lists my team built into our Summation databases back in the bad old Enron days. We were one of the first defendants forced to search and review native raw email from the Exchange journal. Energy traders had filthy mouths and it [...]

By |September 16th, 2021|Categories: Info Gov, Essay, Preservation, Legal Holds, Content Management, Architecture|0 Comments

Teams Workspace Hubs = ESI Evolution

Microsoft and Google are busy re-inventing how knowledge workers collaborate. Many of us have stumbled onto complex sets of interdependent Excel workbooks being shared by accounting, sales and other teams. With good chain-of-custody procedures, I have reconfigured environments so that counsel or experts could manually review these ‘semi-structured’ file sets to [...]

By |August 30th, 2021|Categories: Platform, Essay, Collectors, Legal Holds, Content Management, ESI Sources, Architecture|0 Comments

Apple Scanning ALL U.S. iPhones in a BYOD World

Apple plans to start scanning all U.S. iPhones for images of child sexual abuse using a tool called “neuralMatch” or “NeuralHash” against a database of known images. Womble Dickinson’s JDSupra article covers many of the high-level privacy concerns and explores Apple’s plans for a service that will scan encrypted messages for [...]

By |August 13th, 2021|Categories: Info Gov, Essay, Investigation, Compliance, Privacy, Security, Content Management, ESI Sources|0 Comments

Does Fiduciary Duty in Adversarial System Engender Confirmation Bias in eDiscovery?

Charles Chaffin’s Numb: How the Information Age Dulls Our Senses and How We Can Get them Back on confirmation bias got me thinking about our new generation A.I. review systems. Legal practitioners have long known about the dangers of confirmation bias blinding them to key facts adverse to their client’s positions. [...]

By |August 3rd, 2021|Categories: Analytics, Essay, Research, Analysis, Review|0 Comments

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