LVI 2014: Law via the Internet Conference, 30 September to 1 October 2014: Links and resources

LVI 2014 Africa: Law via the Internet Conference, is being held 30 September-1 October 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.

The conference Website is at: http://www.kenyalaw.org/LVI2014/

The conference program is at: http://www.kenyalaw.org/LVI2014/LVI_Africa_Draft_Programme.pdf

One Twitter hashtag for the conference is #lvi2014

Click here for a storify of images and Twitter tweets from the conference.

Here is a description of the conference, from the conference Website:

Every year, the Free Access to Law Movement holds the Law Via the Internet (LVI) conference that brings together individuals and institutions from all corners of the earth who are united in their belief that public legal information is the common heritage of humankind and that such information should be made available free of charge and free from any restrictions on its use and re-use. [...]

Cape Town is also famous for its world-class Afropolitan university – the University of Cape Town, where this year’s LVI will be held. Kenya Law, the African Legal Information Institute (AfricanLII), and the Southern African Legal Information Institute (SAFLII) are teaming together to host what promises to be an exciting conference in this beautiful setting. [...]

HT @longhotsummer

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Surden to speak on ‘Machine Learning Within Law’ at Stanford, October 9, 2014

Harry Surden of the University of Colorado is scheduled to give a presentation entitled Machine Learning Within Law, October 9, 2014 at Stanford Law School.

The event is sponsored by CodeX: Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, and is part of the CodeX Speaker Series.

Here is a description of the event, from the announcement:

Professor Surden will discuss some current and future applications of machine-learning within law. Legal practice is thought to require advanced cognitive abilities, but such higher-order cognition remains outside the capability of current machine-learning technology. Is it possible then to automate certain legal tasks despite this technological limitation? In some contexts, the answer may be yes due to a core principle: tasks that are normally thought to require human intelligence can sometimes be automated through the use of non-intelligent computational techniques that employ heuristics, patterns, or proxies capable of producing useful, “intelligent” results. He will then explore automation in the context of legal tasks currently performed by attorneys, including predicting the outcomes of legal cases, finding hidden relationships in legal documents and data, electronic discovery, and the automated organization of documents.

Click here to view Harry Surden’s article “Machine Learning and Law” [...]

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Event: Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain Technology, and Law, Washington, DC, October 1, 2014

An event on cryptocurrencies, the blockchain platform Ethereum, and law, entitled #LegalHack Crypto / Ethereum Law, is scheduled to be held October 1, 2014, in Washington, DC.

The event is organized by DC Legal Hackers.

The speakers are scheduled to be Peter Van Valkenburgh of Coin Center, and Casey Kuhlman of the U.S. Open Data Institute.

Both speakers are lawyers and software developers who develop blockchain technologies; both are on the leading edge of this sector, so this event should be extremely interesting.

Click here for other posts about legal applications of blockchain technology.

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EDV-Gerichtstag 2014: Legal informatics conference on e-Justice: Storify, links, and resources

Deutscher EDV-Gerichtstag 2014 — one of the major European legal informatics conferences — was held 23-26 September 2014 in Saarbrücken, Germany.

The conference theme was “eJustice – Mission (im-) possible?”

The conference Website is at: http://www.edvgt.de/pages/23.-deutscher-edv-gerichtstag.php

The conference program is at: http://www.edvgt.de/pages/23.-deutscher-edv-gerichtstag/programm.php

Reports on some conference presentations and programs are purportedly available at lawgical.de, but that site is currently inaccessible.

Twitter hashtags for the event included #edvgt2014 and #edvgt

Click here for a storify of images and Twitter tweets from the event.

The hacker camp event on the first day of the conference appears to have been a training session on electronic security, rather than a hackathon.

HT @edvgt

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Calls for papers: E-Justice and E-Democracy/E-Participation Mini-tracks @ ECEG 2015

Calls for papers have been posted for two legal-informatics-related mini-tracks — on E-Justice and E-Democracy/E-Participation — at ECEG 2015: European Conference on eGovernment, to be held 18-19 June 2015 in Portsmouth, England, UK.

Both calls have submission deadlines of 27 November 2014.

Here are brief excerpts from the calls:

E-Justice mini-track at ECEG 2015

Description:

[...] This mini-track seeks to examine e-justice in the context of e-democracy and e-government. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • E-justice and social networking
  • E-Justice and the legal profession
  • E-Litigation
  • E-Judiciary organization
  • E-Discovery
  • Informed decisions

[...]

e-Democracy and e-Participation mini-track at ECEG 2015

Description:

This track focuses upon the practice and potential for digital technology to revitalise and extend the democratic process. [...]

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The extent to which e-Democratic practice might reverse disenfranchisement and disengagement from traditional/current democratic systems.
  • Innovative focuses upon the potential of e-Participation and e-Democracy to transform representative government. Egs. improving upon current e-Petitions which simply reproduce their off-line equivalent; improving consultative and deliberative processes between elections.
  • Identity verification and privacy protection in e-Democratic processes such as e-Voting and agenda setting.
  • The application of e-Participation within organisations and the potential responsibilities of TNCs (Transnational Corporations) in empowering the consumer-citizen.
  • e-Democracy as a facilitator of the evolution and redesign of democracy into a more responsive system which actually improves on our current system rather than just reproducing it in electronic form. The need to formalise the e-Democratic tools and practices to give them legal status.

[...]

For more details, please see the calls.

HT Brendan Remenyi

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