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SXSW: Reaching the Final Frontier: An Exploration of Space Law

A panel of attorneys discussed the ever-evolving galaxy of space law, including disabusing the notion that space law is “unregulated,” during a panel session at South By Southwest. Franceska Schroeder, a principal in Fish Richardson, provided an overview of the laws governing space and space exploration including the Commercial Space Launch Act, or CSLA; the … Continue Reading

SXSW: AI-powered media manipulation and its consequences

Researchers and legal scholars at a SXSW panel warned that machine-learning technologies are exploding the scope of media manipulation, prompting society wide concerns. Experts on a panel titled “AI-Powered Media Manipulation and its Consequences” highlighted various manipulation techniques powered by artificial intelligence, such as “Deepfake,” a term used for a technique that synthesizes images of … Continue Reading

SXSW: Chatbots & AI—business, legal, and ethical concerns

What are the general policies businesses should follow when interacting through virtual assistants and chatbots? A recent panel at South by Southwest in Austin discussed best practices, current laws, and upcoming legislation that will affect how companies do business. “The law is the tortoise and technology is the hare,” said Hannah Taylor, counsel to Frankfurt … Continue Reading

SXSW: When the internet turns violent and abusive

A private attorney, a federal prosecutor, and a legal scholar tackled the challenges of combatting invasive online crimes such as sextortion, doxxing, and cyberstalking during a South by Southwest panel titled “When the Internet Turns Violent and Abusive.” Mona Sedky, a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, … Continue Reading

SXSW: Taming the Orwellian surveillance state

The harvesting of data via artificial intelligence, biometrics technology, and digital data collection is currently outpacing laws regulating its use according to a recent panel at the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals taking place in Austin this week. Myriad information is created through many means, such as posting to or having profiles on social … Continue Reading

Chicago Bar Association offers technology, practice management videos

The Chicago Bar Association is adding to its collection of Law Practice Management and Technology How To videos and making them accessible to everyone. Currently more than 100 on-demand videos can be watched and or accessed through the CBA’s video library. Each video is one hour or less in length and hosted on Vimeo, which … Continue Reading

The future of licensing music on social media

Panelists Tracy Gardner, senior vice president of digital strategy and global business development for Warner Music Group, Bobby Rosenbloum, vice-chairman of global entertainment and media practice at Greenberg Traurig, and Ted Suh, vice president of digital music at musical.ly, discussed some of the hot-button issues in social media music licensing at SXSW session this month. … Continue Reading

What happens when AI gets creative?

When artificial intelligence creates something; who gets the credit? Is it the programmer, the designer, the artist, or the AI itself? What about when AI destroys? Who or what takes the blame? Panelists Jessica Fjeld, a clinical instructor at Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic, Sarah Newman, a creative researcher at metaLAB at Harvard, Alexander Reben, … Continue Reading

The future of AI regulation

With the growing presence of artificial intelligence in daily life—self-driving cars, facial recognition, personalized Amazon search results, and smart personal assistants like Alexa and Echo—there are questions forming about what rules should be followed.… Continue Reading

Intellectual Property Law Section accepting applications for women and minority law student scholarships

The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas is seeking applications for two $2,500 scholarships that will go to women and/or minority law students. The scholarships facilitate and encourage women and minorities to enter the practice of intellectual property law in Texas and to become active members of the State Bar IP … Continue Reading

Registration for ABA TECHSHOW 2018 is open

Come network with legal technology experts from around the globe at the ABA TECHSHOW 2018, March 7-10, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. State Bar of Texas members can save $150 on registration by using the code EP1814. Early bird registration ends January 22. Through the expansive EXPO Hall, CLEs, presentations, and workshops, you will be … Continue Reading

State Bar of Texas launches technology resources web page

The State Bar of Texas has launched a new technology page with information and links to resources attorneys need to navigate the intersection of technology and the law. The page, texasbar.com/tech-resources, offers links to informational videos, online resources from TexasBarCLE, technology articles from the Texas Bar Journal, law practice management resources, a link to a … Continue Reading
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