New Podcast Episodes: Encryption and Software by Subscription

Kennedy Mighell PodcastTom and I have released two more episodes of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast. In one, we take a fresh look at encryption and how lawyers do and don’t use it and whether that will change in light of the stories about the NSA in the news. In the other, we look at the recent trend of software vendors moving away from traditional software licensing approaches to subscription models. I also wanted to recommend that you visit the Legal Talk Network site and see how many of the old LTN podcasts have now relaunched and how many great podcast episodes are now becoming available on a regular basis.

Here are the show descriptions:

#104 – In Light of NSA Surveillance, Should Lawyers Encrypt? [LTN] [LTRC]

In this edition of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss encryption. The recent news coverage of the NSA surveillance has everyone talking about who can access their data, and this is especially relevant to practicing attorneys, who have to consider both their own data as well as that of their clients. According to your hosts, 30% of lawyers are using encryption to secure files and only 24% are using it to send email. This poses the question: Has the time for lawyers using encryption arrived? The second segment of the show will talk about Tom’s switch from the iPhone to the Android smartphone. Learn how and why he made the decision to make the change and his review, so far.

We thought it was a good time, in light of recent news events, to revisit the subject of encryption. Lawyers have struggled with the notion of encryption over the years for historical and practical reasons. We discuss a range of encryption questions and issues, both practical and theoretical. It’s difficult not to feel that lawyers have dropped the ball on encryption and given away an opportunity to be thought leaders on the topic. What do you think about that? We also offer some predictions for the future and I found myself being more optimistic about lawyers’ use of encryption than I had expected to be when we started the podcast. We also have some fun talking about Tom’s recent purchase of an Android phone and motivations for switching platforms.

#103 –
Keeping Up with the Cloud: Software, Social Media, and more.
[LTN] [Software by Subscription – LTRC]

What started as a way to backup our hard drives is moving to how we access, what feels like, everything on our computers. On this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell will discuss the new trend of software by subscription. Instead of paying for an updated version of a new software product, companies are offering a monthly subscription which will immediately grant users access to the newest version via the cloud. Adobe and Microsoft are just two of the recent examples of vendors switching to this model. With so many lawyers and law firms using old versions of standard software, how will they react to this new system?
The second portion of the show will cover the new service Google Takeout, which provides an easy way to extract your data from online-Google apps like Google Reader, Google Circles, and more. Whether you know it or not, seems like everything is stored online nowadays. Tune in to The Kennedy Mighell Report to keep up with Internet technology and the cloud.

This episode grew out of a recent announcement about Adobe moving to a subscription model for its software and turned into a wide-ranging conversation about subscription models, traditional software licensing, the cloud, and much more. This trend will likely continue. We also continue our lamentations about the death of Google Reader (I’ve currently using Feedly as my RSS reader), but deal with the issue practically by focusing on the Google Takeout service for exporting and backing up your Google accounts. We also touch on other methods for backing up your social media accounts, something I discussed in a recent post on the Law Technology Today blog. By the way, you can read all of my posts to the Law Technology Today blog in one handy place.

Remember the podcast is now available at two places: the Legal Talk Network and the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center. And it’s available in iTunes, where you can subscribe and have new episodes appear in iTunes automatically when they are released. As always, if you have ideas for topics or questions for us to answer on the podcast, let us know.

- Dennis Kennedy

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Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, the new book from Allison Shields and me, is now available (iBook version here). Our previous book, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers is also available and also can be downloaded as an iBook. Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

When Will the Next Episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Podcast Appear?

[Note: I’m going to continue running a Q&A series at through through January (and maybe much longer) on DennisKennedy.Blog. Details on how to submit your questions to me may be found at the end of this post.]

I am a fan of both your column and your podcast with Tom Mighell. I seem to recall that you and Tom published your podcast yourselves before moving to the Legal Talk Network. Have you and Tom considered going back to self-publishing the podcast? Alternatively, is there a chance the podcast could find a new home? – Mike Morse

The answer is: Yes, there is a 100% chance the podcast will find a new home.

Let me pre-announce that the Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast (“a podcast on legal technology, with an Internet focus”) will soon return to regular production at its new home – the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center. The podcast will be part of what will become a group of legal technology-related podcasts produced by and distributed through the Legal Technology Resource Center.

Tom and I are currently working on the next episode of the podcast, so we expect the relaunch to be soon, tentatively in early January.

There might also be some other announcements related to the podcast coming in the near future.

We were very sad when we learned that the Legal Talk Network had to stop production of our podcast and the other podcasts on the network, but knew that we wanted to continue. As I mentioned in my 2012 Blawggies post, the Legal Talk Network was very important in the history of law-related podcasting and it was an honor and a pleasure to be part of it. Moving to the Legal Technology Resource Center seemed like a perfect fit for us and we are pleased that we could put the relaunch together.

The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast has a long history. Tom and I launched it when we learned that we would be speaking about podcasting at the 2006 ABA TECHSHOW. We produced 6 episodes on our own. I refer to these episodes as the “lost” episodes because they were taken off the Internet and, until recently, neither Tom nor I could find backup copies. Fortunately, Tom recently found copies.

We did 93 episodes for the Legal Talk Network. I consider the episodes as some of my best work and thinking about legal technology, especially the episodes in 2012.

The mathematicians among you will realize that 6 + 93 = 99. We’[ve decided, however, to continue with the numbering of the current podcast and treat the first six as unnumbered “lost” episodes. That means the first episode of the relaunched podcast will be #94, giving us time to put together a special “hundredth show” episode.

We appreciate the patience that listeners and subscribers to the podcast have had as we make this transition, the nice notes we’ve gotten from people like Mike, and all the positive response the podcast has gotten over the years.

If you have suggestions for topics for upcoming podcast episodes or questions for us to answer on the podcast, let us know. The show notes page for the podcast is here. You can still find earlier episodes on the Legal Talk Network website and in iTunes. We expect that iTunes subscribers will not have to do anything to continue to get the new episodes.

If you have a question for me to answer, you may submit it for me through the usual channels – email at denniskennedyblog @ gmail . com, a comment left on the original post about the Q&A series, this post or a subsequent post, or through Twitter (@dkennedyblog), or whatever other way you want to reach me.

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

View Dennis Kennedy's profile on LinkedIn

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Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, the new book from Allison Shields and me, is now available (iBook version here). Our previous book, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers is also available and also can be downloaded as an iBook. Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

Law Technology Today Post – LinkedIn Endorsements

The ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center is now part of the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section and I’m on the LTRC board this year. We have some great plans and be sure to keep an eye on LTRC over the next few months as we launch some new initiatives.

One of the things I’ll be doing is contributing at least one guest blog post each month to the Law Technology Today blog, which I recommend subscribing to in Google Reader or your other favorite RSS reader if you have any interest in legal technology at all (which you must, if you are reading this blog).

My first guest post appeared today and it’s called “‘Liking’ Your Connections with the New LinkedIn Endorsements.” Not surprisingly, it’s about the new LinkedIn “Endorsement” feature that makes it it easy to acknowledge the skills of your LinkedIn connections. I like the new feature so far. Check out the post to see why.

There will be a stellar cast of guest bloggers on Law Technology Today, so I definitely recommend it to your attention and to your regular reading list.

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

View Dennis Kennedy's profile on LinkedIn

Follow my microblog on Twitter – @dkennedyblog. Follow me – @denniskennedy

Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, the new book from Allison Shields and me, is now available (iBook version here). Our previous book, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers is also available and also can be downloaded as an iBook. Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.