Sunday LegalTech Review 9th December 2018

How I changed the law with a GitHub pull request

Joshua Tauberer, founder of (which created the first comprehensive open data for legislation in the US Congress) writes in ARS Technica about how Washington DC has made GitHub the authoritative digital source for DC laws, and what the benefits are.

The Global Legal Blockchain Consortium (GLBC) reaches 150 member mark

Artificial Lawyer reports that the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium (GLBC) now has over 150 members, arguing that “such growth suggests that the appetite for the use of blockchain tech is very real among lawyers”.

Magic circle and the bar team up with Oxford University on £1.2 million AI research project

Alex Aldridge writes in Legal Cheek that a multi-disciplinary group of academics from the University of Oxford will join forces with magic circle law firms Allen & Overy and Slaughter and May, and insolvency chambers South Square, to research the potential and limitations of artificial intelligence (AI).

Legal Technology – the future of legal services

Dan Bindman writes in Legal Futures about various uses for legal technology and if and how it is having an impact on legal services delivery.

Microsoft wants to stop AI’s ‘Race to the bottom’

Nitasha Tiku reports in Wired that Microsoft president Brad Smith has asked governments to regulate the use of facial-recognition technology to ensure it does not invade personal privacy or become a tool for discrimination or surveillance.

LegalTech hits $1 billion investment as lawyers embrace automation

According to Law Geex, investment into legal technology platforms has hit a record $1 billion in 2018 as “investors rush headlong to transform the last bastion of manual processes — the work of lawyers”.

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