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Law Blogger Predicts ‘Massive Rise’ in Videoconferencing

Posted Dec 21, 2012 7:00 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Canadian law blogger has looked into his crystal ball to make his legal technology predictions for 2013.

Writing at Slaw, Steven Matthews of Stem Legal says he’s the guy who predicted last year that Facebook would buy Twitter, “so you know I’m not afraid to take a shot in the dark.” Among his predictions:

• There will be a “massive rise” in videoconferencing. “Interestingly enough, I think solos and smaller firms are going to be the change agents here,” he writes. “For mainstream adoption to happen, it’s going to require simpler consumer technologies and smaller firm buy-in. The stars seem to be aligning for both pieces in the coming year.”

• New legal-oriented domain names will be approved, leading to the creation of new business units and companies. “My 2013 prediction on this topic is that someone will conduct a quick flip of their winning domain application and walk away with the cash," he says.

• Law firms will “bring in more iPads and Android tablets and will work feverishly to make consumable content available to lawyers and employees outside the office,” he predicts. The changes will "effectively rebuff the concept of BYOD."

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