Friday, March 4, 2011

Technology, Law, and the Workplace: Week in Review

This week, the technology world was abuzz with the announcement (and, of course, pre-announcement rumors) of the iPad 2. Apple’s newest contribution to the tablet market promises to provide further steam to the mobile computing movement.
Fittingly, a number of blogs and articles this week discussed the impact of mobile computing devices on the workplace. Sexting, of course, remains a serious problem. In an amazing turnaround, many employers and even the U.S. Army are now encouraging employees to blog. One article even talks about online tools for women to report harassment they experience on business trips!

Finally, in a piece of news for those who share my fascination for The Next Big Thing, the Workplace Prof Blog announced this week the American Bar Association’s National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law. The conference will be held at New York University School of Law from April 27 to 29, 2011, and includes a number of fascinating and forward-thinking panels. I will be speaking on a panel with the especially provocative title “Electronic Invasion of the Workplace: the Good, the Bad and the Aural?” I am honored and excited to be a part of this great conference, and will make sure to post the conference materials as soon as they are available.

Technology in the Workplace
Technology and the Law More Generally
Technology News
  • Meet Elfoid, the Smartphone Pocket Robot (Fast Company)
  • Israel and Palestine Flip Mideast Protest Script, Govern via Facebook (Fast Company)
  • PlugBot Attacks the Future of IT Security (Tech{dot}MN)
  • Skype Opens a Conference Call Service (Bits)
  • Lenovo’s Laptops Are First to Have Eye-Control Ability (Fast Company)
  • Facebook Facelifts Its Privacy Policy (Gadgetwise)
  • Apps to Explode to $38 Billion Market by 2015 (Fast Company)
  • How Hackers Could Exploit Federal Government Shutdown (Fast Company)
  • A Patrol for the Web’s Playgrounds (NY Times)
  • What Egypt’s revolution tells us about the nature of social media (SmartBlog on Social Media)
  • Rise of Neurocinema: How Hollywood Studios Harness Your Brainwaves to Win Oscars (Fast Company)

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