Category Archives: Technology

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Connecting Ottawa: Linking people with communications challenges to legal information

When people have difficulty communicating, they have difficulty accessing justice. This is the theme for the recently-established Connecting Ottawa/Connexion Ottawa network. Spearheaded by South Ottawa Community Legal Services (SOCLS), Connecting Ottawa/Connexion Ottawa is comprised of over 42 community agencies across the city. Its goal is to better link agency clients with a communication-related impairment with […]

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Cyberjustice – the future of justice? A visit to University of Montreal’s Cyberjustice lab.

Shortly after arriving at University of Montreal’s Faculty of Law, I am escorted into a long and narrow observation room. End-to-end tables in the darkened space support two banks of monitors, tended to by a hushed but friendly staff. Across the two-way glass, a mock trial unfolds in a courtroom that is specially designed for […]

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Online privacy in the digital age: a Q&A with the IPC

Online privacy is a source of constant tension in our wired world: is online banking actually safe? Should I add my phone number to Facebook? Are my smart phone apps tracking my location? In light of the recent revelations about the extent of the National Security Agency’s wiretapping and wire splitting operations in the US, I thought it would be interesting to see what Ontario’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) might have to say about online privacy issues. Jason Papadimos, a Communications Officer at the IPC responded to my questions on behalf of the organization.

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Tablet takeover

Move over smartphones, 2013 is the year of the tablet computer. Lightweight, easy to use and slickly designed, tablets are now ubiquitous in business meeting rooms, lecture halls, and living rooms. And despite being slightly unwieldy, on a recent holiday I even witnessed young and old alike brandishing their iPads at waterfalls and canyons as they snapped scenic photographs.

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The jury is out: smartphone use in the courtroom

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: smart phones are changing our lives! By now it’s not exactly breaking news that mobile devices and their social networking capabilities are changing the way we work, live and play. Even the resistant-to-change legal profession has not escaped this barrage of connectivity.