January 2021: what did I miss?

1 January 

Adobe Flash Player ‘laid to rest’, reports BBC.

3 January

‘As Uber parks its plans for robotaxis, experts admit the autonomous vehicle challenge is bigger than anticipated,’ reports Guardian.

4 January

‘Slack messaging service suffers global outage,’ says Guardian.

5 January

Children’s Commissioner calls for broadband companies ‘to step up’ in terms of subsidising costs for poor families while schools closed.

6 January

UK AI Council publishes future roadmap for government. 

7 January

‘Japanese company NEC, which develops facial-recognition systems, has launched one that it claims can identify people wearing masks,’ reports BBC.

‘ In July 2020, we passed a milestone where over half the world’s population is now using social media. 346 million new users have come online within the last 12 months. Platforms from FaceBook, LinkedIn, You Tube and Twitter to Instagram and TikTok vary in popularity line with demographics but continue to grow and evolve.’ reports SaltMark Marketing.

Mark Zuckerberg kicks Trump off twitter indefinitely.

9 February

‘Google has suspended the Parler social networking app from its Play Store until the platform popular with many supporters of Donald Trump adds “robust” content moderation, ‘ reports the Guardian.

14 January

‘Google has completed its acquisition of Fitbit and tried to reassure users it will protect their privacy. The search giant bought the health-tracking company for $2.1bn (£1.5bn) in November 2019 but faced questions from regulators. Following a four-month European Commission investigation, it agreed not to use health and location data from Fitbit devices for advertising. The deal was then approved by authorities in December,’ reports BBC.

17 January

Accenture and Global Emancipation Network use of machine learning to combat human trafficking reported on YouTube.

‘Digital poverty’ could lead to lost generation of university students.’ Guardian covers Vice Chancellors report.

18 January

Guardian reports on offer of free broadband to poor families to help home schooling until end of summer term.

19 January

Sensible and trans-nationally relevant advice for remote hearing appearances from Australia’s Justice Connect.

20 January

20 years since first podcast.

MyVirtual.Lawyer has been selected to receive the James I. Keane Memorial Award for Excellence in eLawyering … MyVirtual.Lawyer is a law firm, brand model offering limited scope representation, flat fees/subscription-based products, and that exclusively uses cloud-based technology from start to finish of a case including, but not limited to communicating with and deliver services to their clients’, reports Law Technology Today.

21 January

‘Malware found on laptops given out by government,’ reports BBC.

NLADA and Centre for Court Innovation publishes report on ‘How Video Changes the Conversation’.

26 January

JIm Sandman, much revered former President of the Legal Services Corporation reflects in podcast for the ABA Journal on his period of tenure. ‘He … embraced the role of technology in helping bridge that gap by delivering important legal services to people who often face what he believes is an unacceptable binary choice when it comes to being involved with the legal system: Either you have a lawyer, or you have nothing. Additionally, he established the Office of Data Governance and Analysis to help legal aid organizations collect and analyze data, and expanded congressional support for the LSC’s Technology Initiative Grants program.’

26 January

‘Grindr fined £8.6m in Norway over sharing personal information,’ reports Guardian.

ABA Journal announces its latest crop of ‘legal rebels’: ‘Constandinos “Deno” Himonas and John Lund Bridget Mary McCormack Sateesh Nori Ann A. Scott Timmer and David Byers Jayne Reardon Scott Schlegel John Tran and Suffolk Law School’s Quinten Steenhuis.

27 January

Official Guide to Queen’s Bench division emphasises need for continuing public access to remote court hearings.

Report argues that social media threat to children’s mental health.

‘New Chatbot Offers 24/7 Information and Referrals for Pandemic Related Legal Issues,’ announces Chicago Bar Foundation, part of a consortium behind it. 

28 January

The New York Unified Court System (UCS) has launched online dispute resolution (ODR) for small claims in Manhattan. The platform is part of the UCS’s push to address access to justice during the COVID-19 pandemic. It uses Matterhorn.

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