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Leading Reform in Technology, Automated-Systems, Privacy and Electronic Transactions

Leading Reform in Technology, Automated-Systems, Privacy and Electronic Transactions

By Legal Policy, Andy Kuoch, Paralegal

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The Technology and Innovation Section (’TIS’) brings legal professionals together to discuss and advocate on issues surrounding the intersection of technology, innovation and the law. The TIS have promoted awareness, knowledge and the up-take of technology in the legal profession such as advocating for the importance of technological competency as part of the VLSB’s Review of Continuing Professional Development.

Amidst COVID-19, the TIS have launched a free webinar series, with guest speakers in the fields of artificial intelligence, emerging legal tech tools, cyber insurance, cybersecurity, AgTech and access to justice. The TIS have contributed monthly technology columns to the Law Institute Journal, along with the LIJ’s Technology Special Edition in April 2020. After providing its submission into the Treasury’s Inquiry into Future Directions for the Consumer Data Right (CDR), TIS Executive member EJ Wise appeared before the Inquiry, reaffirming the TIS’ position for the CDR to emulate the EU General Data Protection Regulation’s data minimisation principle and the right to erasure, to address information asymmetry amongst consumers. To inform the Australian Law Reform Commission’s future inquiries, the TIS provided its views on automated decision-making, to inform the Nationwide Conversation on Law Reform. It raised issues with the threat of algorithmic bias, implications for human rights including the freedom of expression; privacy and transparency in the use of personal data; and problems with identifying responsible entities for “bad” decisions.

The next TIS webinar will be held on 23 November 2020 featuring Co-Founder and Managing Director, Simon Goodrich, and Senior Legal Designer, Luke Thomas, of Portable. Portable is a digital and design innovation company which has simplified and improved access to justice, addressing social needs and policy failures by focusing on users. Portable has delivered over 800 projects in the past fifteen years and have a commitment to redesigning justice since 2012. In this webinar, Simon and Luke will discuss the products and solutions that they have developed since Portable’s inception in 2005.

If you would like to attend this free webinar and/or join the TIS to be a part of the digital reforms of the legal industry then you can apply by contacting techandprivacy@liv.asn.au. If you’re seeking to attend the webinar, simply provide your name and LIV member number.

If you would like to join the Executive Committee, to be involved with legislative reform such as electronic transactions and witnessing; data protection and privacy; automation and decision-making; and distil these issues for LIV members through professional development and education initiatives – then email through your nominations by COB Wednesday 18 November 2020 (see here for details) and include a brief expression of interest and CV. You can also email to advise you would like to join the General Committee, to stay up to date with the activities, projects and submissions of the TIS Section.


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