Alex Shahrestani once again presented at EFF-Austin (in conjunction with the Texas Opportunity and Justice Incubator), this time addressing the use of technology to bridge the justice gap, alongside fellow panelists Arlo Gilbert (Osano) and Joseph Cooper (Justice For Me).
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a robust piece of privacy legislation coming out of the European Union. You might think that being in Austin, Texas, or anywhere outside of the EU would protect you from the obligations, but you’d be wrong. If you collect data on anyone currently in, or a resident of, the EU, then you are subject to the law. The consequences for failing to comply can be huge - fines up to 4% of global revenue. That’s a huge hit. So what can you do about it?
An overly aggressive man in a mask is telling you to empty your wallet. You sigh and explain to him, the government already did that, and besides, you're in line to deposit a check - who carries cash anymore? You see the gunman's eyes narrow in fury, as he lifts his gun and shoves it in your face, telling you to keep your mouth shut. Fear suddenly grips you, and flashing before your eyes is a question -
Is it legal for Batman to carry and use his weapons?
Shahrestani Law is part of the Texas Opportunity and Justice Incubator's Fourth Cohort. The Texas Opportunity and Justice Incubator (TOJI) is an initiative by the State Bar of Texas to provide attorneys dedicated to bridging the justice gap with the resources necessary to succeed. TOJI also helps attorneys bake pro bono services into their practices - each member performs 10 hours of pro bono service per month. The program is 18 months long, and encourages outside-the-box thinking in terms of services, pricing, and structure.
The latest cohort has attorneys in a variety of practice areas, including business, criminal, family, and immigration law. The members rely on weekly trainings given by State Bar employees, as well as the experiences of the fellow cohort members to support their practices. From keeping websites up-to-date, to learning new areas of law, being able to ask your neighbor for help keeps the attorneys flexible in providing legal services.
Read more about TOJI at this link.
When you think of a professional athlete, you probably don’t think about what they’re planning to do after they retire. Turns out, most athletes don’t either, but a small number of them are blazing the trail into entrepreneurship.
The future is not predetermined. The last 75 years do not guarantee the next 75 in terms of military or diplomatic dominance.
Conflict in the “gray zones” has expanded - that mean’s undeclared conflict such as the conflict in Crimea or a cyber-conflict. And the rate at which information spreads has lent itself to the creation of a high-velocity environment.
Cybersecurity is entering mainstream consciousness more and more. Every attack that passes raises the question, a little bit closer to home - will I be next?
A recent study conducted by Sophos and Vanson Bourne of 3,100 IT managers globally had some surprising results.
An insurance policy buried a $10,000 prize deep in the contract, stating, "If you've read this far, then you are one of the very few Tin Leg customers to review all of their policy documentation," the contract then provided instructions for the winner to redeem the prize.
Alphabet owned company, Chronicle, just announced a new product offering - Backstory.
The small Google affiliate promises affordable pricing based on the number of employees that a company has rather than the amount of data used. Depending on what those figures end up being - it could have a big impact on the state of cybersecurity regulation.
Alex is a startup-tech nerd trapped in an attorney’s body. One of his favorite hobbies is hearing about other people’s new ideas and watching them succeed. He has a few ideas of his own, and, like many attorneys, enjoys talking about them. If you want to talk about your projects or hear about his attempts to automate the practice of law, reach out through the contact page.