This course gives me another pespective view of the law — the computer application to law.  Very often, we use computer technology everyday.  But we seldom consider the combination of computer technology and law.  It is the course which combined law with computer technology which intend to make use of the computer technology to make the legal process more effective and efficient.  The use of internet, the use of expert system to solve problem, the eganges software, the use of email as communication channel etc.  They all helps the legal environment to improve.  As the technology is keep improving, it is expected that more advanced software or technology can be used.  It will be more popular for the use of video conferencing in the court room.  Communication between different places in different countries will not be a matter.  It is also not surprising in the future that the trial either criminal or civil can be held through the internet, with both the parties and the judges sitting at their own home in front of the computers.   What more can be occured with the help of the technology? We will wait and see ~~

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Guest speaker — Eganges

October 30, 2006

The product of eganges is very impressive.  It can have many different applications.  For example, it can be used in law lectures for educational purposes.  In criminal law class, it can be used to show that what element is necessary to prove in order to judge a person guilty.  As the standard of prove in criminal law is beyond reasonable doubt, every elements is required to be proven true.  Eganges mind map is helpful to students understanding all the elements which need to be proved.

Other applications include training and guidance of employees.  Small administrative jobs can also be mapped.

A Google Inc. employee mistakenly posted information to an official Google blog that she had intended to publish in her personal blog — the latest blogging faux pas for the search engine giant.On Tuesday, two postings about skull-shaped candies appeared on Blogger Buzz, the official blog of this Google blog publishing service. Their topic and informal tone immediately led readers to wonder about their legitimacy.

Google removed the postings quickly after they were published, a Google spokeswoman said via e-mail on Wednesday. The employee who published the postings by mistake is a regular contributor to Blogger Buzz, the spokeswoman wrote.

Last week, Blogger suffered an outage that kept both Blogger.com and the Blogspot hosting service off-line for two hours. That kept the many official Google blogs that are hosted on the Blogger platform off-line. Google later said a “network malfunction” caused the outage.

Earlier this month, a hacker broke into Google’s main official blog, which is hosted on Blogger, and posted a false message saying that the company had decided to cancel a joint click-to-call advertising project with eBay Inc.

Google patched the hole and removed the posting from the so-called Google Blog, but the intruder’s message was widely noticed and triggered significant speculation and confusion among Google observers.

In March, Google staffers deleted the Google Blog by mistake and someone unaffiliated with the company briefly took control of the Web address.

Like all companies that store sensitive data from consumers and organizations, Google is held to a high standard when it comes to mistakes like these. Displays of carelessness or security vulnerabilities that affect Google’s services undermine users’ trust, critics say.

Next year the Buys legal firm will find out just how popular or unpopular its lawyers actually are, when it introduces robotic rivals to its human staff. The company is developing three robots, Stacy, Dave and Nathan, to see if artificial intelligence can be as successful as the real thing. The robots will provide online legal opinions and advice to its customers early next year, says Reinhardt Buys. … According to AI Expert Systems at the University of Texas, artificial intelligence (AI) technology will let computers autonomously reason with the law to draw legal conclusions. The head of that team, Selmer Bringsjort, says: ‘Our intuition is that people won’t mind in the least if their lawyers are empowered by artificial colleagues — quite the contrary, if they are the beneficiaries of quicker turnaround time, lower legal fees and higher quality work

Lawyer or Computer

October 19, 2006

Given the choice, who would you rather trust to safeguard your future: a bloodsucking lawyer or a cold, calculating computer? Granted, it’s not much of a choice, since neither lawyers nor computers are renowned for their compassion. But it is a choice that you may well encounter in the not-too-distant future, as software based on ‘artificial intelligence’ (AI) starts to dispense legal advice. Instead of paying a lawyer by the hour, you will have the option of consulting intelligent legal services via the web. While this might sound outlandish, experts believe that the advent of smart software capable of giving good, solid legal advice could revolutionise the legal profession. … What makes both these programs so smart is that they do more than just follow legal rules. Both tasks involve looking back through past cases and drawing inferences from them about how the courts are likely to view a new case. To do this, the programs use a combination of two common AI techniques: expert systems and machine learning. Smart software has the potential to make legal advice more readily available, unnecessary court battles less frequent, and rulings more consistent.

A new website designed to provide online information and services for civil appeals has been unveiled by the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) in the UK.

Features of the new website include an interactive guide to routes of appeal and links to the most recent Court judgements and to the British and Irish Legal Information Institute site. Lists of leading cases can also be found on the website, along with a link to the text of the judgements. Court fees and time frames for making civil appeals are explained and an electronic Court list giving up-to-date listing arrangements is expected to be added shortly.

The website, designed for use by parties, lawyers, journalists, law students and interested members of the public, can be found at http://www.civilappeals.gov.uk.