Editorial

Computer Aid Projects in England (1971)

One of SCL's founding members, Alan Brakefield, was recently honoured with a dinner at the House of Lords and a presentation after 29 years as Treasurer of the Society. We reproduce below an excerpt from an article written by him in 1971. The article was published as Law and Technology: Jurimetrics and included an appendix on Computer Aid Projects in England which is reproduced here.

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The e-Summit

A report on the meeting of 19 November at the QEII Conference Centre by Eduardo Ustaran, Chairman of the SCL Internet Interest Group and solicitor at Berwin Leighton Paisner, London.

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International Business and e-arbitration

The Internet is being waved in front of businesses large and small as the future for prosperity. The oft-touted battle cry is ‘benefit from a world market at your fingertips’. Nevertheless, despite government pressure to join the fray, the EU reports that many smaller businesses (SMEs) are reluctant to go online. They also conclude that access to affordable alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is necessary to give SMEs confidence in cross-border trading. It is easy enough to pinpoint a need but developing a real solution, E-Arbitration-T, has been a much longer story with players across Europe.

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M-legal

This tour of m-legal issues and technologies from Paul Lambert was also published in the Irish Law Society Gazette.

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E-Privacy and Online Data Protection

Marc Dautlich of Olswang reviews E-Privacy and Online Data Protection by Peter Carey and Eduardo Ustaran (Butterworths, £103.55).

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Privacy and Data Sharing Implications of E-government: An Analysis of the PIU Report

Last April the Performance and Innovation Unit, one of Whitehall’s most influential bodies, produced a report entitled “Privacy and data-sharing, the way forward for public services” (PIU report). The report took two years to write and its aim was to provide a ‘new strategic approach’ to the use of personal data held by the public sector. But there are some significant limitations in the report, not least poor analysis of the legal issues. Sarah Williams of Masons feels that questions remain about how the exchange of information can be justified and what the implications for privacy rights will be.

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The Conversion of Sex.com

What may turn out to be a milestone in legal thinking about the Internet is currently awaiting decision by the California Supreme Court. It concerns the rights to “sex.com”, the domain name for a Web site offering links to a variety of sex-related online services. David Marchese explains the background to the case, which is not unsurprisingly murky. He feels that it is the ingenuity of those involved in the case that raises wider issues about how the information society and the law interact.

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