Author Archives: Gideon Christian

About Gideon Christian

Gideon Christian is an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. His research is in the area of law and technology and specifically on electronic discovery, artificial intelligence and law. Prior to joining the University of Calgary, he worked full-time as eDiscovery Counsel with the federal Department of Justice Canada where he conducted electronic discovery in high-profile litigation involving the Government of Canada.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

By | January 8, 2020

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is gradually and surreptitiously permeating diverse aspects of human life. AI is now being utilized in performance of tasks once considered to be within the exclusive domain of human intelligence. From high-tech driverless cars and trucks to basic facial recognition technology in your Facebook profile. The tentacles of AI are spreading… Read More »

Basic Guide to Document Review in E-Discovery

By | January 8, 2020

In Canada, discovery in civil litigation is governed by the Rules of Court or Rules of Civil Procedure. At the Federal Courts, the Federal Courts Rules govern the commencement and conduct of proceeding, while in the provinces such as Ontario, the Rules of Civil Procedure apply. These Rules also contain provisions relating to documentary disclosure.… Read More »

Legal Approach to E-Discovery of Facebook Evidence in Civil Litigation

By | January 8, 2020

As was noted in the previous blog, ethical rules impose limits on a lawyer’s informal discovery of evidence in the private Facebook profile of an opposing party in litigation especially where such party is represented by a lawyer. In situations where such ethical rules prevail, access to the private profile can only be undertaken through… Read More »

Ethical Issues in e-Discovery of Facebook Evidence

By | January 8, 2020

In the previous blog, it was noted that the overwhelming interest by litigating counsel in e-discovery of Facebook evidence in civil litigation gives rise to some ethical concerns. McPeak (2014) has noted that these ethical concerns arise in the context of rules of professional conduct relating to (1) the duty of a lawyer to investigate… Read More »

Electronic Discovery of Facebook Evidence in Civil Litigation

By | January 8, 2020

With about 1.79 billion monthly active users in late 2016, Facebook is undisputedly the most active and popular social network worldwide. This popularity makes Facebook a veritable source for evidentiary discovery in civil litigation. Increasing number of litigants and litigating counsel are turning to Facebook for important evidentiary information about opposing parties in family, labour,… Read More »