The Challenge of Ephemeral Messaging Apps

January 22, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Vanishing Acts: How Ephemeral and Self-Destructing Messaging Apps Pose a Threat to Recordkeeping As We Know It

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Webinar hosted by ARMA NOVA Platinum Sponsor Active Navigation

Just when you thought you have finally figured out how to accomplish email archiving for the enterprise, dozens of new forms of electronic messaging applications are now widely available to end-users as a means of communication about official corporate and government business. These new apps are creating vexing recordkeeping, compliance and governance issues that need to be urgently addressed.  Let’s take a journey into the world of short-lived communications technologies, how they have affected the public realm, and what constitutes best practices in dealing with them from a records and information governance perspective.  We will also touch on the e-discovery implications of ephemerality generally and what lawyers should advise their clients with respect to these new technologies.

Speaker: Jason R. Baron, Esq.

Serves as Of Counsel in the Information Governance and eDiscovery Group at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Washington, D.C.  Between 2000 and 2013, he served as the first appointed director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and before that as a trial lawyer and senior counsel for a dozen years at the Department of Justice. In those capacities, Mr. Baron played a leading role in the government's adoption of electronic recordkeeping practices and acted as lead counsel in landmark cases involving the preservation of White House email. He is a recipient of the Justice Tom C. Clark Outstanding Government Lawyer award given by the Federal Bar Association.  Mr. Baron previously served on ARMA's Board of Directors, and also has co-chaired The Sedona Conference's Working Group 1 on e-discovery. The American Lawyer Magazine named him one of six “e-discovery trailblazers” in its 2013 issue devoted to “The Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years.” He is prominently featured in the recent documentary film, The Decade of Discovery (2014), which follows events which unfolded when he took on a quest to find a better way to search for White House email.  Mr. Baron has appeared on CNN and MSNBC, and been quoted in many media outlets, including in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, and dozens of others. He received his B.A. degree from Wesleyan University and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.

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