BYOD, data security and the BlackBerry Experience

I am moderating what will almost certainly be a fascinating discussion about BYOD, enterprise data security and device management at the BlackBerry Experience event at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg today. The event is hosted by BlackBerry in partnership with ITWeb Events and will also take place in Durban and Cape Town later this month.

The speakers at the event will include Nader Henein, BlackBerry’s Regional Director for Product Security; Izak Meyer, Director for Enterprise at BlackBerry South Africa; Wikus Viljoen, a systems analyst at Nedbank and Andy Swanepoel, a technical specialist and manager at Nedbank.

We are going to talk a bit about BYOD trends (and the growing tendency towards more managed deployments), a better strategy for securing data on mobile devices and more. I don’t want to say too much about the content attendees can expect but I find much of it fascinating. You can follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #BBExperience if you aren’t attending the event.



Disclosure: I am being paid to participate in and moderate the panels at these events. That said, I make a point of only promoting products and services that I am interested in.

The legalities of going paper-less

Many people think that going digital is problematic from a legal perspective and, to a large extent, it isn’t. It does require that you understand the implications and adjust your workflows to suit the digital paradigm.

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First Coast recently asked me to speak to clients and media about the legalities of shifting to a paper-less (or even paper-free) workflow. This is something I am passionate about and I have developed a paper-less over the years so I was excited about this talk.

Many people think that going digital is problematic from a legal perspective and, to a large extent, it isn’t. It does require that you understand the implications and adjust your workflows to suit the digital paradigm.

It turned out that First Coast distributes the Avision scanner range which includes models which are rebranded as Fujitsu ScanSnap scanners. I talked about my ScanSnap scanner in my talk and it is easily one of the most valuable devices in my office to me. Discovering that First Coast distributes Avision scanners was a highlight for me because it means that if my beloved ScanSnap moved on to the Big Office in the Sky one day, local help is at hand in the form of an updated version of this critical device.

I published the slides for my talk to SlideShare just before I spoke and you can find them here:

I received an email from one of First Coast’s media partners, Craig Neill from CraCin Productions, letting me know that the video from my talk is up on YouTube too:

This video looks great if you watch the video at 720p.

Supporting Photographers through the #PhotoBizLegal workshop

The PhotoBizLegal workshop is a start, an introduction for photographers who want to learn more about the regulatory environment they operate within and how to better structure their work to steer them clear of common risks and pitfalls. I won’t teach you to become a lawyer. I will show you what can go wrong and how to avoid falling into the same traps so many photographers succumb to, and unnecessarily at that. My goal is to share enough knowledge with you to empower you to focus on your work, your innovations with the security of knowing enough to cover your more common risks that shouldn’t stifle your creativity.

PhotoComment and Web•Tech•Law are hosting the first PhotoBizLegal workshop at the Bensusan Photographic Museum in Newtown on 7 September. I’m pretty excited to present this workshop and this has been in the works for a while.

You may know that I am a passionate amateur photographer (my family receives most of my attention). I am also passionate about supporting creative professionals and enabling them to become more successful. The PhotoBizLegal workshop is an opportunity for me to blend both passions and share some of my knowledge and experience which I have gained in my time working as a lawyer with a variety of innovative business owners to help them better support their growing businesses in a rapidly changing environment. Seeing creative people stifled by the unknown or by misunderstood legal and compliance challenges is enormously frustrating. I see it as a tragedy because so many of these challenges can be addressed, if not overcome, armed with the right knowledge and an appropriate strategy that is designed to support, not suffocate.

The PhotoBizLegal workshop is a start, an introduction for photographers who want to learn more about the regulatory environment they operate within and how to better structure their work to steer them clear of common risks and pitfalls. I won’t teach you to become a lawyer. I will show you what can go wrong and how to avoid falling into the same traps so many photographers succumb to, and unnecessarily at that. My goal is to share enough knowledge with you to empower you to focus on your work, your innovations with the security of knowing enough to cover your more common risks that shouldn’t stifle your creativity.

I’ve been talking to Tristan Hall from PhotoComment and Dorothy Haggard from Hypertext, PhotoComment’s publisher, for a few months about the workshop and I think we have something both practical and relevant in store for workshop attendees. Both Tristan and Dorothy are passionate about creating great experiences for photographers and being able to share legal strategy and legal knowledge in collaboration with them is pretty exciting.

I am going to explore a couple themes at the workshop which include the following:

  • an introduction to contracts you should have in place (and a few creative tips on how to implement them effectively);
  • content licensing and copyright implications for your work;
  • an introduction to some relevant legislation that affects you; and
  • the opportunities and risks the social Web present you with and a few ideas about taking advantage of it all.

These may not seem like terribly exciting themes but they are pretty fundamental to your work and your businesses. I intend to run an engaging and interactive workshop, not a legal textbook presented in PowerPoint. I encourage participation, questions and a sense of humour will help. Join us, learn from what we have to offer and let me help you focus more on what you do best and less on the legal unknowns.

Play With Some New Tech

Our sponsors will also have some very interesting new technology for you to play with so bring your DSLR cameras with you. We are also going to speak to the museum staff about giving you an opportunity to spend some time in the breaks (as well as before and after the workshop) in the museum itself capturing moments with all that terrific history.

Follow Us for More Information

There are a few ways you can keep up to date on our preparation for the workshop as well as a bit more information about what to expect. If you prefer Facebook, check out the PhotoComment page where Tristan and his team are publishing updates and teasing fans. If you have made the leap to Google+, check out the PhotoComment Google+ page for similar updates.

I am going to be posting updates using the #PhotoBizLegal hashtag on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook (the Google+ and Facebook hashtags are a little experimental and might not work as well as the Twitter version) so look out for that too.

Feel free to get in touch with me or PhotoComment for more information and, if you are attending and have questions, tweet them using the #PhotoBizLegal hashtag or email us. I’d like to deal with questions from social media at the workshop too if we have time.


The Details

The details, in short, are as follows:

Where: Bensusan Photographic Museum, Museum Africa, Newtown.

When: 7 September 2013, registration at 08:30 (we will finish off around 14:00).

Cost: We are extending the early registration fee of R350 until midnight on 25 August. The cost goes back up to R500 on Monday, 26 August and our ticket sales cut-off is around 30 August for catering (tea, coffee and a light lunch) purposes.

How to register: Visit the workshop page on the PhotoComment website and complete the form on the page. You can also pay online using PayFast.

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Thoughts about legal frameworks in the near future

A couple photos from the Deloitte Tech Trends 2013 event

We attended the Deloitte Tech Trends 2013 event at the Wanderers Club yesterday. It is an annual event and we had an opportunity to hear from several Deloitte executives, including Mark White, Deloitte’s Global CTO. Although the discussion focused on technology trends and how businesses are (and can) incorporate them into business processes (the emphasis was on business-driven technology implementations, not just technology for its own sake), we couldn’t help but think about the implications for legal frameworks and how law may be applied in a near future era of billions of smart and connected devices.

We created a Storify which is basically a stream of consciousness as we thought the process through in 140 characters at a time.

Information about our contribution to the Mobile Show Africa 2012 on 11 September 2012

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Paul is going to present at the Mobile Show Africa 2012 on 11 September 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre. It is a thorny subject and the direct marketing industry is in a state of flux at the moment as we wait for the Protection of Personal Information Bill to proceed through Parliament and balance current regulatory and legal frameworks as well as consumers’ interests.

We’ve published a page with more information about the event and with a focus on our contribution. If this space interests, link through to the event’s page on Terrapinn’s site for more information about other speakers at the Mobile Show as well as the Internet Show which runs concurrently.

Hangout: What we’re talking about at the 2012 #ITWebSocial Summit

Today’s Hangout will be an interview/discussion with Tallulah from ITWeb Events about our contribution to the ITWeb Social Media Summit next week. We’re going to run the Hangout on our Google+ page and embed the video on our event page. The Hangout will begin at roughly 3pm today and should be streamed live as well as recorded for you to watch later.

We’re making this a cross-platform Hangout and ITWeb Events has invited its fans to submit questions for Paul to answer on Twitter. If you would like to participate on Twitter, simply tweet your question and include the #ITWebSocial hashtag. You can also @-mention us @webtechlaw or Paul at @pauljacobson.

If you’d like to participate on Google+, we have published an open invitation. At the moment event invitations and Hangouts they promote don’t integrate very well so look out for the link to the actual Hangout on our page. If you join the Hangout, post questions in the chat window or in the comments on the Hangout post itself. It’s a little complicated but we’ll keep an eye out for great questions all over the place.

Useful materials for the 2012 ITWeb Social Media Summit

As we mentioned previously, Paul is presenting at the ITWeb Social Media Summit which runs from 14 to 16 August 2012. We’ve just published a page titled “The 2012 ITWeb Social Media Summit” with details of our contribution to the event, ways to follow the event as well more information about the event itself. We will publish presentation slides and other materials on the page in the days ahead so keep checking back for more information!

The information on the page includes topics Paul will cover in both his presentation and workshop; previews of both contributions and a collection of links to related posts on this site and a Storify embed which we’ll use to add more links, tweets and other content.