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Month: September 2019

The Integration of Technology and Law

 

Singapore is one of the forerunners for utilizing artificial intelligence in their law department and law firms, across the globe, such as Canadian firm Diamond and Diamond Lawyers. While battling questions of legal liability and the ethics of technology in law, they are taking it one step at a time. With so many pros and cons to using technology in the courtroom and in the legal department, it is crucial to implement it slowly for maximum efficiency and lower the chances of running into problems. 

Pro of using A.I: It is more time efficient

Technology is used to make human lives more convenient. When you have a software that is able to run its algorithms and sort through legal cases, it cuts down on time spent on sorting and allows for a better flow of productivity. The cases would ideally be sorted to the lawyer or attorney that is best fitted for the case. 

Con of using A.I: Nobody is responsible for mistakes

While it could be seen as a “pro” as well as a “con”, if the software makes a mistake, there would be nobody to blame but the software and that is not very feasible. There must be a legal liability that can hold up in the court of law. Is the law firm ready to take full responsibility for anything that goes wrong due to the implementation of the software? 

Pro of using e-billing and e-filing: Less paperwork, more accountability

Traditional invoices can be overlooked, but e-billing has a “paper trail” that cannot go missing or lost. The same goes for documents. In the long run, it is also beneficial to our environment as we use less paper in the office. It can also be used in the courtroom. Web-based databases that allow legal teams access to relevant information for all parties. 

Con of using e-billing and e-filing: Loss of data due to hardware or software malfunction

One of the biggest worries that comes with relying on technology is when it inevitably crashes. However, this can be easily remedied with a contingency of numerous backups on hard drives or on the cloud. 

Pro of using technology in the courtroom: Higher transparency and better visual aid

Imagine a courtroom fitted with projectors or built-in monitors to show videos or other media relevant to the case. Not only will this help build a stronger case and give substance to evidence – especially in the age of digital media, where screenshots or CCTV footage is rampant and useful in an investigation – it can also help convince the jury without being prejudiced to the attorney’s sway or speech. 

Con of using technology in the courtroom: Distracting and misleading

As with media, certain pictures or videos, when taken out of context might reflect something that cannot be further than the truth. Tampered footage or cropped images might be submitted for evidence and it would affect and manipulate the outcome of the hearing. Therefore, visual evidence must be carefully vetted when being used in a hearing.

How to Leverage Social Media in College

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Any higher education students (past or present) can tell you that college is an experience that is both challenging and rewarding in ways that are unparalleled. While of course the primary goal of college is to succeed in your assessments and make it to graduation with a degree in your hand and excitement for your future, there really is so much more to the experience. Like your use of social media, for example. But how exactly does social media play into the college experience, and why is it so important that you learn to leverage it to your advantage?

During your college years, you would be forgiven for assuming that your focus should be primarily and solely on assessment deadlines and the like. Of course, this is indeed the primary focus area, but outside of classes, what should you be focusing on? Other than personal time and quality time with loved ones, it actually pays to harness your social media profiles and turn them into the ultimate tools for career diligence. It never hurts to be ahead, but how exactly should you leverage your social media in college?

Create and grow your LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn is the world’s single largest professional virtual network. And believe it or not, it is the number one way that employers will look to find out more about you when considering you for a job. In fact, many job applications these days have a specific link box for you to link your LinkedIn for them to see. If you do not add it, they will likely search your name anyway, just to check, LinkedIn is great because it is essentially the professional iteration of Facebook, only better. You can catalogue your skills, experience, and recommendations in one place, as well as grow and nourish your growing career network.

Ensure that your social media is clean

This one kind of goes without saying, but for the people in the back, it really does pay to make sure that your social media is clean. This means that you should do your best to ensure that whether you buy Instagram followers or earn them the organic way, they do not look spammy, bot-like, or literally bought. The same goes for all the content that is shown of you through social media. It is best to avoid posting overly boozy shots of you on nights out, or go on a tangent about the latest thing that has irritated you online. Be smart and stay clean.

Use social media like a branding strategy

If you have little projects going on your own time outside of college classes and campus, talk about them on your socials (even if it is just via your LinkedIn or through an Instagram page you have made). Use social media like a branding strategy. It might seem like this is a far cry from what you should be using your spare time for during your college years, but realistically the more experience you have, and that you can showcase online, the more prospective employers are likely to look at you when they are searching for the next best thing in the industry. So, treat your socials like a branding strategy; be upfront, be bold, be consistent.

How to Ship Fine Art from Singapore to Europe?

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Singapore is a recognized economic hub in Southeast Asia, excelling in commerce, technology, and finance. It is also known for its fast-growing art scene that has exploded in recent years, turning the city-state into a must-visit destination for all fans of high-quality modern and contemporary art. Not only is Singapore home to the Singapore Art Museum dedicated to contemporary visual arts or the National Gallery Singapore that houses the largest public display of modern Southeast Asian art in the world, but it is also home to many international galleries and a wealth of talented artists. Collectors and curators from around the globe come to Singapore to enjoy and acquire paintings, sculptures, and other art pieces that surprise with their variety and originality.

At some point, both sellers and buyers face a question of how to ship fine art from Singapore to Europe, the United States, or elsewhere so that every single piece arrives intact. Here is a comprehensive guide of the most important things to consider when shipping art (and antiques) internationally.

  1. Assistance of a professional fine art shipping company.

The first and most important thing to consider is that you need help from a professional fine art shipping company operating worldwide. Be it a painting, sculpture, or any other artwork that is too valuable or fragile to be shipped by a regular carrier, it is crucial to ensure that it will be handled by people specializing in the transportation of art and antiques. Only professional art shippers with years of experience in the art logistics field can guarantee the safe and secure delivery of the precious cargo to anywhere in the world.

  1. Proper packing with the use of quality materials.

There are lots of packing materials out there, but not all of them are suitable for packing artworks. For example, if you are shipping an unframed painting, you need to use acid-free paper to cover the painted surface. You may also need special corner protectors, painter’s tape for the framed artwork, and a range of other materials depending on what exactly you are shipping. All of these materials should be of the highest quality, including the shipping box that should be new and durable enough to withstand a long-distance move.

  1. Custom crating of the most delicate items.

In case you are shipping a highly valuable, fragile, odd-shaped, or delicate piece of art, consider custom crating of your artwork because soft packing is not enough to protect it in transit properly. Custom wooden crates are built with the dimensions and shipping requirements of each transported item in mind, which ensures the safe and secure delivery to anywhere in the world. So, if you are planning to ship something truly exceptional from Singapore to Europe or elsewhere, a custom crate is a must-have.

  1. Art insurance covering damages and physical loss.

No matter whether you are shipping a valuable artwork for the first time or have already done it before numerous times, you need to purchase an appropriate art insurance coverage. Even if the artwork is properly packed and shipped by a professional art logistics company, the truth is that no one knows what may happen in transit. Unforeseen circumstances can and do occur, turning even a well-organized art shipping process into a disaster. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you protect yourself from any financial loss.

  1. Customs documentation and export controls.

Last but not least thing that every artist, gallerist, or collector should pay their attention to is customs documentation and export controls. Shipping fine art from Singapore to another country may require certain documentation to complete, as well as export permits and certificates. Make sure you know all the nuances of the international transportation of art from Singapore and also import rules of the destination country. Your awareness of customs documentation and procedures is essential if you want your art to reach its destination.

These were only some of the most important things to consider when shipping fine art from Singapore. There are many of them actually, depending on what exactly you are shipping, the destination country, packing requirements, and some other factors. If you feel you cannot handle the art transportation process yourself, then entrust this job to professionals. It is much better than risking the safety of your precious works of art.

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