Welcome, introductions, and brainstorming. Oh, and drinks.
Can you spot the law issue that could be improved by technology or the technology issue that could be improved by law? Then you're ready to legal hack.
DC Legal Hackers is a group that discusses and showcases ways that technology can improve legal systems while simultaneously exploring ways that law and policy can keep pace with technological developments. This meetup group will serve as a place to host law/tech speaking events, legal tech startup demo events, discussion groups, hackathons, lessons, and more.
To get things properly started, let's engage in some good ol' fashioned problem identification, or for the law folk: let's issue spot.
Some examples of issues that have been identified that are ripe for hacking in the legal space, include:
• Improving agency comment filing and document databases through enhanced searching and contextual analysis.
• Curating committee and subcommittee data to create automatic alerts (without a paid service)
• Parsing draft legislation by the Senate and House PDFs and converting them to text for a multitude of uses
• Analyzing the difference in Congressional Research Services' updates to determine their significance.
[more on the last three here]
• Making legal tasks, such as choosing a license, easier.
• Explaining legalese to laymen.
• Winning the Library of Congress XML Data Mapping challenge.
What are your other ideas? Bring 'em.
Please RSVP for drink numbers.