As originally published in Forbes on September 14, 20011.
I always look for new resources to research Law & Technology, and I thought I’d share eight of my favorites. In no specific order:
SCOTUSblog. For my money, SCOTUSblog is the finest legal blog, period. Since 2003, the husband and wife team of Tom Goldstein and Amy Howe has covered the U.S. Supreme Court like no one else. They write:
The blog generally reports on every merits case at least three times: prior to argument; after argument; and after the decision.
For example, check out this case page for Michigan v. Bryant, which the Court decided on February 28, 2011. From the oral argument to the opinion of the lower court, it’s all there in one place, free and downloadable.
SCOTUSblog also writes analytic pieces and extremely in-depth statistical analyses for each Term. And while these eight resources are not listed in any order, there is a reason that SCOTUSblog heads the list.
Berkman Center For Internet and Society (Harvard). TheBerkman Center is by far one of the best Law & Technology sources out there. Its stated mission “is to explore and understand cyberspace . . . and to assess the need or lack thereof for laws and sanctions.” Only a minor undertaking. If you want to keep up with the cat-and-mouse game between law and technology, this is the place to do it. The Directors are a who’s who of cyberlaw and other Harvard Law School experts who oversee an impressive scope of research and an array of publications. A world-class resource. You can follow the Center on Twitter @berkmancenter.
OrangeLT’s Unfiltered Orange | Weekly eDiscovery News Update. An electronic discovery provider that works with law firms, corporations, and the government, OrangeLT—and in particular Rob Robinson, Vice President of Marketing—follows public resources and compiles the week’s top e-discovery news. Unfiltered Orange covers (i) pure e-discovery news (content and considerations; reports and resources; technology and tactics), (ii) vendor news and the industry landscape, and (iii) e-discovery events. Perhaps most impressive of all, Rob remains consistently unbiased in an industry that doesn’t lack for serious competition. Here’s an example of a recent newsletter. To sign up, you can do so at the bottom of the right-hand column here. You can follow OrangeLT on Twitter @OrangeLT.
Twitter. If this seems like an unexpected inclusion, then you haven’t visited the Twitter feed of Professor Kyu Ho Youm, (@MarshallYoum), the Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair at the University of Oregon School of Journalism. Professor Youm uses Twitter as his own online collection of research note cards—an invaluable resource for him. The kicker, of course, is that he shares that research with all of us. In addition to his expertise—even with only 140 characters, his Tweets are filled with commentary—the key to his feed is focus. Any First Amendment scholar will learn from them without having to worry about the intrusion of unrelated topics or social discussions. It’s no surprise that his feed has been internationally recognized as “one of the best media and law resources on Twitter.” In my opinion, this is Twitter at its best when its comes to research, and is a perfect and easy model to follow—or at least aspire.
Technology | Academics | Policy (TAP). TAP is one my favorite sites. It describes itself as a forum for academics leading the dialogue on the impact of technological innovation in the following areas: (i) intellectual property; (ii) cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS); (iii) competition policy and antitrust; (iv) economic growth and the knowledge economy; and (v) privacy and security. The academics who comprise this virtual think tank are an impressive bunch from top universities around the country. They produce some of the finest content—academic yet very much accessible—that you’ll find on these issues. You can follow TAP on Twitter @TAPolicy. (www.techpolicy.com).
Above The Law. ATL is a daily stopping point for tens of thousands.David Lat, Elie Mystal, and their team do a great job of investigating and commenting on the Everest of daily news that comes their way. Their section on Law & Technology is a rich source of information, Moreover, ATL (@atlblog) is plain fun.
Catalyst Repository Systems’ eDiscovery Search Blog. When I first found Catalyst’s blog several months ago, I only needed to read several pieces to conclude that I had just found some of the best e-discovery content on the Internet. Every subsequent piece has confirmed my view. John Tredennick and Bob Ambrogi take deep dives in to the most important issues in e-discovery, and particularly Search, as the name of the blog suggests. This is extraordinarily high-quality content. In my view, it’s a ‘must read’. Catalyst’s Twitter feed is @CatalystSecure.
Ars Technica. Last but not least, this list could not be complete without Ars Technica. Ars is great. If you’re interested either “just” in technology or in its intersection with (i) business, or (ii) tech law and policy in the digital age, then you’ve come to the right place. The writing is always crisp and the insights deep and forward-looking. On more than occasion, I’ve gone to the site to do research on a writing topic, only to read their piece and correctly conclude that I had nothing to add. A fantastic resource. You can follow Ars on Twitter@arstechnica.