A thought-provoking perspective from James Beck looking into eDiscovery from a defendant’s perspective in the United States.

It’s interesting to see how this post focuses on social media and sampling too. Social media is, and has been for a while now, central to many people’s on-line activities, be it on a computer, phone or on another device. It’s always important to consider what data exists on these channels, some can be directly relevant to a case, some contains messaging platforms, and some provide clues and intelligence that is useful to the case generally.

Sampling is an interesting tool that can be used to help get a guide as to the overall picture – although there are other tools that can help as well. For example, identifying key entities in the posts, the sentiment of posts and also key themes/topics – all of which have a role.

Although this is positioned from a defendant’s perspective, as Sun Zu said/wrote: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

I’ll leave that one with you to ponder..