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Wait, What? Episode 6: Remember those pictures you took?

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Well, mom just found them…

The latest installment of “Wait, What?” starts off with a question regarding whether or not any of the hosts have any embarrassing photos on the internet. This quickly leads into a conversation about the “Right To Be Forgotten” and whether or not people have a fundamental right to have their mistakes removed (or at least suppressed) from the internet. The guys talk about the expectation of privacy in personal life versus what someone should expect to have happen to them in a public setting; they also talk about whether or not it is disingenuous for a company or hotel to suppress negative reviews from search engines. The conversation evolves into a discussion of ownership of one’s face, when consent is not given by one or more parties and the desperate need for the guys to find a lawyer to answer these questions for them.

On a very exciting note, going forward, the show will be recorded in a Reuters/TIMA studio for audio recording and video production! This is a great step forward for the show and the guys are looking forward to not carrying microphones around in backpacks to random conference rooms.

We’d like to keep the show as interactive as possible, so please send in your feedback, thoughts, and show ideas. Also, you can reach the team on Twitter: Matt Angelicola (@MattAngelicola), Joe Harris (@Jwh37), Rob Russell (@batogato) and Jason Thomas (@jasonthomas). We’re also on iTunes – just enter “Legal Current” in the search box.

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Wait, What? Episode 5: I was going to go out, but I got lazy

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In this installment of “Wait, What?” your hosts tackle the question of whether technology makes us lazy or not. They cover everything from grocery delivery services to texting at the dinner table. Jason, Rob and Matt spend quite a bit of time in this episode discussing whether people are productive when they work from home and the effects that “work” phones and tablets have on work/life balance. The talk evolves (or maybe devolves) into a discussion of the person who “invented” the wheel and how that may have affected life at home.

We’d like to keep the show as interactive as possible, so please send in your feedback, thoughts, and show ideas. Also, you can reach the team on Twitter: Matt Angelicola (@MattAngelicola), Joe Harris (@Jwh37), Rob Russell (@batogato) and Jason Thomas (@jasonthomas). We’re also on iTunes – just enter “Legal Current” in the search box.

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Wait, What? Episode 4: Hey! I think I saw that in a movie…

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In the fourth installment of Wait, What? the team discuss the “science fact” that has come from the science fiction of Star Trek, Star Wars, Total Recall, comics, and other media. The show starts with a comparison of the devices that were used in the Star Trek universe of television and movies, and how we’re seeing many of those ideas and concepts come to fruition. The guys then get into the concept of 3-D printing and synthetic biology. The discussion then shifts to Jason and Joe announcing that they’ve created the “Inertia-jet” (patent pending), that will revolutionize travel, and what it must feel like to be the first person/people to test a potentially dangerous piece of technology.

The team spend much of the second half of the show in a “lightning round” discussing different sci-fi influencers to include Star Wars, James Bond, Disney, and comic books. Most importantly they discuss if we currently are at a stagnation point in technological improvements to our lives. This spawns a great discussion about time travel!

As always, stick around after the music at the end of the show for something extra.


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Do free citizens have the right to be forgotten?

Do you have control over your digital footprint? Should you have control?

Our Legal business brought together some of the sharpest minds from the law, media and politics last week for its inaugural debate on “the right to be forgotten”. The debate, which took place on Feb. 17, 2015, was recorded in front of an audience of customers and partners, and was moderated by Reuters Axel Threlfall.

The right of an individual to control their own digital footprint and legacy is a contentious issue with far-reaching implications for search engines and social media operators. It can also come into conflict with other freedoms, such as the right to access legally-published information.

It is a timely debate after a European Court of Justice ruling in May 2014 backed the right to be forgotten. But, despite this ruling, our views on the subject do not seem so clear cut – as was apparent in the results of the interactive vote taken using our Convene app during the debate.

Polling prior to the debate showed 57 percent of the audience was in favor of the right to be forgotten, with 26 percent against it. By the end of the debates, this was completely reversed with 59 percent voting against the motion and 38 percent for it.

So what did they hear that changed their minds?

Right to be forgotten:

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Wait, What? Episode one: Social media is the real world

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The inaugural episode of our new podcast Wait, What? focuses on several aspects of technology’s impact on our day-to-day lives. The first part of the show discusses the use of social media, the “personas” that people create for themselves on social media, and then poses the question of whether or not social media is an agent of change.  The second part of the show delves into internet activism, online movements, and why these individuals or movements sometimes take a turn towards the criminal. The show wraps up with a humorous vignette on just how much technology has changed from”can I borrow a cup of sugar?” into “can I use your WiFi?”

Wait, What? takes an irreverent and entertaining look at technology and its impact on our lives. The podcast is hosted by Matt Angelicola, government research analyst; Rob Russell, senior director in the Government segment; and Jason Thomas, manager of innovation also in the Government segment.

All of our legal podcasts can be found on iTunes– just enter “Legal Current” in the search box. And if you have ideas for future topics, please let us know in the comments below or by contacting us.

An interview with Nina Totenberg

Nina Totenberg, NPR foreign affairs correspondent, talks to Legal Current about the early days of her career in the “fallopian jungle,” as well as the most memorable Supreme Court cases she has covered.

Alison Frankel interviews Bryan Garner on Black’s Law Dictionary, 10th edition

Reuters News Editor Alison Frankel recently sat down with Bryan Garner, editor of Black’s Law Dictionary, 10th Edition. In this 30 minute interview, they discuss Garner’s process when it comes to editing the Dictionary, his love of words, and much more.

Dealing with the virtual economy

Sudhir VenkateshAs technology innovation continues, the digital marketplace continues to evolve as well. The challenge however is that technology is agnostic: good guys and bad guys all have access to the same tools, and they dictate how it is used – for good or for bad – raising concerns and plenty of anxiety over the emerging virtual economy.

Thomson Reuters and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children co-hosted a first-of-its-kind conference recently in Washington, D.C. The event, The Virtual Economy: Potential, Perplexities and Promises, was created to explore the issues, opportunities and challenges surrounding virtual economies.

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Dealing with the virtual economy

Sudhir Venkatesh

As technology innovation continues, the digital marketplace continues to evolve as well. The challenge however is that technology is agnostic: good guys and bad guys all have access to the same tools, and they dictate how it is used – for good or for bad – raising concerns and plenty of anxiety over the emerging virtual economy.

Thomson Reuters and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children co-hosted a first-of-its-kind conference recently in Washington, D.C. The event, The Virtual Economy: Potential, Perplexities and Promises, was created to explore the issues, opportunities and challenges surrounding virtual economies.

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Legal Current weekly roundup

Our Legal Current blog provides information and commentary on the business and practice of law from Thomson Reuters. Here are some posts from the past week that we think you should check out: 

Dave Whiteside, an account executive in the Large Law Firm segment attended a conference where a panel of in-house counsel talked about how they hire outside counsel. They discussed the processes and methods they use, and the law firm limbo they often witness when multiple firms attempt to win their business.

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Conducting proper due diligence in today’s business environment is critical to avoiding potential disaster. Even a single bad deal or business relationship can lead to losses; expose the business to legal and regulatory action, including lawsuits; and distract management from more important matters. Fortunately, new due diligence tools are giving businesses and counsel improved capabilities for managing risk.

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We recently announced the 2012 Top 100 Global Innovators list, honoring 100 corporations and institutions around the world that are at the heart of innovation as measured by a series of proprietary patent-related metrics.

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Recently, West LegalEdcenter held the 2012 Corporate Whistleblower Forum, the first international conference dedicated exclusively to helping responsible corporations with topics focused on preventing and deterring misconduct, detecting wrongdoing, and best practices to respond to possible violations.

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Mentoring between seasoned lawyers and those new to the profession has always played a prominent role in the legal profession and the professional development of young lawyers. In today’s practice, no one person can be a single source of guidance and advice for a law student or young lawyer. Therefore, a network of mentoring relationships is critical to the development of a young lawyer.

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