November’s Chapter Meeting

Ephemeral Messaging_ Can It Be Governed_ (1)The Sierra Nevada Chapter of ARMA is trying something new, a virtual chapter meeting.  The virtual meeting will be held using GoToMeeting.

Topic Summary:

Ephemeral messaging is the latest trend in business communications, with employees using third-party apps, with or without their organizations’ knowledge and some organizations deploying “official” ephemeral messaging systems. But if the messages and data associated with them are truly ephemeral – disappearing after they are read – how can they be integrated into a comprehensive Information Governance program, and what are the dangers if they are not?

In this one-hour virtual presentation, live from Phoenix AZ, Ken Withers of The Sedona Conference will:

  • Define terms and provide examples of ephemeral messaging systems currently on the market
  • Present the legitimate business case for the use of ephemeral messaging (and conversely, the illegitimate uses)
  • Report on how courts and regulators have viewed ephemeral messaging
  • Discuss some proposed Information Governance “best practices” for addressing ephemeral messaging
  • Open the floor up for a benchmarking session: What are some of you doing now, and what might work for your organization?

Speaker Bio:

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Ken Withers

Ken Withers is the Deputy Executive Director of The Sedona Conference, a non-profit, non-partisan law and policy think tank based in Phoenix, AZ. Since 1989, he has published several widely-distributed papers on electronic discovery and given presentations before more than 500 judicial, legal, records management, and technology industry audiences, including “Ephemeral Data and the Duty to Preserve Discoverable Electronically Stored Information” in the UNIVERSITY OF BALTIMORE LAW REVIEW (2008); “Living Daily with Weekley Homes” in the TEXAS STATE BAR ADVOCATE (Summer 2010); and “Risk Aversion, Risk Management, and the Overpreservation Problem in Electronic Discovery” in the SOUTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW (2013). Ken is co-author, with Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin (ret.) and Prof. Daniel J. Capra, of the most widely-used law school textbook on electronic discovery and evidence. From 1999 through 2005, he was a Senior Education Attorney at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington D.C., and contributed to several well-known FJC publications, including the Manual for Complex Litigation, Fourth Edition (2004), Effective Use of Courtroom Technology (2001), and the Civil Litigation Management Manual (2001). Ken received his J.D. from Northwestern University, Chicago, and his Masters in Library Science from Simmons College, Boston.

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Philip Favro – Driven, Inc.

Philip is a Chambers-ranked lawyer, Band-2 USA-Nationwide Litigation Support/eDiscovery, who serves as a trusted advisor to organizations and law firms on issues relating to electronic discovery and information governance. Phil is a nationally recognized thought-leader and legal scholar on the legal discovery process. His articles have been published in leading industry publications and academic journals. Phil actively contributes to The Sedona Conference, where he serves as a member of the Steering Committee for Working Group 1 (Electronic Document Retention and Production). Phil has led various Sedona drafting teams including The Sedona Conference Primer on Social Media, Second Edition (2019), for which he served as editor-in-chief. He is currently leading the development of a commentary for Sedona Working Group 6 (International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure) addressing international data protection and cross-border discovery issues relating to ephemeral messaging.

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