When it comes to engaging with the public, those leading the corporate world, from the legal department to the C-suite, have a reputation of being reticent and reserved. But with today’s many social media outlets, it’s hard not to engage in the conversations about the hottest topics in the legal technology space.
Legaltech News takes a look at ten of the most influential corporate professionals on Twitter who are ahead of their time, both online and in the office:
1. Brad Smith
The Twitter page of Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith can be a helpful resource for any legal tech aficionado wanting to stay ahead of the latest trends, from new products and processes to tech-related precedents set in court.
While Smith’s feed includes Microsoft’s business, legal, and philanthropic announcements, it also offers his unfiltered opinions on a host of pressing tech issues. For example, Smith praises the praises the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation as “an important step forward for individual rights” and supports establishing a “Digital Geneva Convention” to protect citizen from nation-state hacking
Ben Weinberger, CIO of practice management and info governance software company Prosperoware, has his finger on the pulse of the legal technology industry. He regularly curates the latest news and analysis on how the practice of law is changing, struggling and benefiting from an ever-quickening tech evolution. (Full disclosure: Weinberger tweets Legaltech News articles as well.)
But Weinberger also knows how to have some fun. After all, legal techies may need to take a break from adapting to a new reality to enjoy the quirkier side of the law and find some personal time to get away from it all
For those searching for a legal executive who has mastered the art of the tweet, look no further than Twitter itself (the company, that is). Twitter’s vice president and deputy general counsel Daniel Brennan excels in bringing out the conversational nature of the platform, mixing topical humor, political discussion, and personal anecdotes with a healthy dose of legal tech news and insight.
And Brennan’s position at the helm of one of social media’s biggest players makes his take on recent events all the more interesting. From defending the GC at tech giant Yahoo to following Twitter’s influence in the courts Brennan offers an inside look at how the digital age is changing the legal world— and vice versa
A self-described “passionate tech leader,” Kim Stevenson, former chief technology officer (CTO) and chief operating officer (CEO) of Intel’s clients, IoT and system architecture group, wants to change how the corporate world operates.
While her last day at Intel was in February 2017, she remains engaged in the tech community, encouraging a more gender-balanced technology and corporate world, while following the latest tech advances and setbacks. Whatever her next move, Stevenson is sure to be at the forefront of “the next big thing,” pushing not only to redefine how organizations across the globe work, but what they look like as well
Those struggling to adapt to an ever-changing corporate digital world can find some solace on the page of Cynthia Stoddard, senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) at Adobe. Her feed reads like a business advice blog, mixed with tales from the frontlines of tech change, a healthy dose of tech evangelism, and updates on new cloud and technology innovations from Adobe.
It is a finely curated feed for those wanting to know where disruption is having the most effect and to follow the struggle of changing conventional mindsets and attitudes. Old thinking, after all, does not serve anyone well in an age where, yes, food is already being delivered to people’s houses by robots
To say legal operations expert Jeremy Hopkins has a lot to offer may be a bit of an understatement. A legal operations manager and legal tech evangelist from the other side of the pond, Hopkins tweets on everything from the EU’s General Data protection Regulation (GDPR) and Brexit to legal tech disruption and legal market dynamics.
American readers need not worry; there is little lost in translation here. Hopkins’s page is truly transatlantic, and it is yet another great example of how the tech world is shrinking and bringing everyone closer together. After all, while e-discovery, privacy and other issues may be different in the UK and U.S., legal professionals in both countries face the same tech demands and the same problems
7. Bob Gourley
When Bob Gourley has his eye on a recent cyberthreat or tech innovation, you know it’s the real deal. Gourley has worked as a CTO at several companies—including the federal Defense Information Systems Agency, which provides IT and communications support to the President, Vice President and military—before becoming a partner at a cybersecurity and IT consulting group. This means he is always engaged in following the latest attacks, whether highlighting a ransomware threat to Pennsylvania state democrats or uncovering an attack on the Polish Banking industry.
In addition to his cyber expertise, Gourley’s unique and thought-provoking take on popular technologies like AI and his penchant for trying to instill better cyber awareness in modern professionals has made him one of the most sought after voices for corporate legal tech professionals
Stephanie Corey, co-founder of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) and co-founder and general partner of legal department services consulting firm UpLevel Ops, is not one to shy away from being unabashedly herself.
And that’s a big part of what makes her twitter page so engaging. In addition to her passionate opinions and curation of the latest legal tech happenings, Corey promotes women’s rights and gender equality progress in corporations, discusses topical political issues, and highlights humorous oddities of the modern world.
Where she perhaps excels most is connecting the legal tech industry to the broader world around it, reminding everyone that the industry is not a niche island, divorced from the broader social and economic forces, but an integral player and real-life influencer
9. Tiffany Li
It’s difficult for those in corporate legal departments to keep up with all the new innovations and their potential impacts. But Tiffany Li, counsel at tech education company General Assembly who previously worked at Ask.com and the Wikimedia Foundation, is more than up to the task.
Li is prolific tweeter and curator documenting the legal issues around some the newest and most untested tech products, from virtual reality and tech wearables to Uber’s driverless cars. Of course, any legal tech expert will tell you it’s impossible to know exactly how new technologies will impact the corporate world, but with a fresh and judicial take, Li never shies from progressing the conversation
While many in the corporate legal space tweet on products, processes and innovations, former associate general counsel and “frequent speaker on legal dept. technology” Bernadette Bulacan takes a different route. Sure, she has her eyes on the horizon—but it’s more than just technology she sees. Her unique twitter page offers a more holistic view on corporate legal technology that regularly focuses on the growing generation of tech-savvy millennial lawyers defining the future.
And Bulacan is not just waiting for this generation on the sidelines. As a director of market development at Thomson Reuters, who cultivates relationships with corporate legal groups like the Association of Corporate Counsel, Bulacan regularly helps the corporate legal industry adapt to this young generation’s technology demands and expectations.
Of course, change takes time, but one can’t help feeling a little anxious to get moving already
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