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Why you might be accepting fake news without realising it

Do you believe everything you see? No matter how discerning or intelligent you are, we are all pre-programmed to be more accepting of information in certain contexts than others. While most of us are wise to the ‘Nigerian prince’ phishing scams of old, we are less likely to question an email from someone we know. We might question news on a website we’ve never seen before – but not in a publication we know well. And if we follow somebody high-profile on a social media platform we’re familiar with, like Instagram, chances are we take what they say at face value. It’s precisely because of this that mainstream media recently described influencer and celebrity accounts as ‘the gateway drug to fake news’.

Coronavirus: Impact of exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings [Portugal]

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.


What a picture

The Maxwell trial at Chichester Rents Courts provides an example of how in-court technology can be used today. After some teething problems, the much-hyped technology, which uses computers, monitors and CD-ROMs, has helped reduce the amount of paperwork used by both sides and will save a lot of the time and expense associated with lengthy […]

From IT expert to case winner

Instructing an expert to help in litigation is the easy part. Turning them into a case winner is an altogether more complicated affair. In intellectual property litigation, the role of the expert in computer disputes is critical to the outcome. The scenario is familiar. An employee leaves a company to set up alone or join […]

Spiralling intake in the US

THE SPIRALLING intake of people into the US legal profession has generated economic incentives which have “demeaned” the practice of law and caused the profession to lose sight of its objectives, a former American Corporate Counsel Association (ACCA) chair has said. Carl Liggio, now a partner in Chicago firm Dickinson, Wright, Moon, Van Dusen & […]


Macfarlanes and White & Case advised advertising agency Cordiant in a one for one rights issue to raise around £127 million. Slaughter and May and Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton acted for financial advisers SBC Warburg and UBS.

IT helps trace patterns of crime

Computerised crime anal-ysis is an important technique to help police tackle crime and criminals, according to a Home Office report. The report details the ways information technology systems can be set up and used to provide vital information on the patterns of crime in a particular area. The report guides police on local crime analysis […]

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