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Can we find balance in AI and privacy governance?

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THE AI GOVERNANCE AWAKENS We’ve written about the synergies between AI governance and privacy, but things are changing faster than Han Solo can make the Kessel Run. In October 2023, the Biden-Harris administration published an Executive Order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence. Then, on 13 March [...]

When AI and privacy governance collide

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Lately, you can’t swing a cat without hitting an article or post about AI (especially those posts where someone asked ChatGPT to write a letter/poem/limerick in the style of x). Snooze fest, right? Nevertheless, AI is here to stay; and it’s here to use our personal data to learn [...]

Billables & Burnout

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Most legal businesses still run on the billable-hour business model. Here are five reasons why this approach has passed its sell-by date. 1. TAKING CARE OF YOUR ASSETS There are many ways to skin a cat, figuratively speaking, of course. There’s no one size fits all when it comes [...]

Making the case for legal design

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You know when you’ve been merrily doing a particular thing for years and then an influencer gives it a new name, brings it into popular consciousness and suddenly it’s trendy? (Not wearing make-up, being a ‘girl boss’, running in the rain or … going for a walk?) That seems [...]

The Rehabilitated Lawyer: Join us online!

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Are you a sad lawyer? Hello, hi. *Hug* You’re not alone. The statistics are staggering: lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to be depressed compared to people in other jobs, while the landmark 2016 American Bar Association and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation study found that 28% of licensed, employed [...]

Alright stop – POPIA time!

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Okay, maybe it’s not MC-Hammer-pants-level exciting, but we’ll be damned if we aren’t going to make it fun! If you feel like you need a refresher – or perhaps a fresh perspective? – on POPIA, join us for our crash course on 8 June and 9 June 2022. (Here's [...]

Marketers vs Lawyers: Why can’t we all just get along?

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Ever seen a toddler on one of those child leashes? They’re straining as hard as their little sausage legs allow, desperate to run free, talk to strangers and create a crayon masterpiece on the nearest wall (or lick a squirrel – one never can tell). That’s kind of how [...]

#Funlaw Challenge: 30 Posts in 30 Days

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There’s a lot of clutter online. We know. We’re as addicted to the infinite scroll as you are. But instead of being passive observers, Novation decided to take on the challenge to contribute – meaningfully – to the noise.  The only rule? Share frequent, thought-provoking, #funlaw content around POPIA, data [...]

Much ado about f*ckall

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Warning: the following article contains explicit language. That should be fairly apparent by the title but we’re legally obliged (we think) to put it into plain language. If you’re easily offended or don’t have a sense of humour, we suggest skipping this one. Consider yourself warned.   If you’ve spent any time [...]

How to be funny AF

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Okay, we fibbed. While we will be sharing the theories of how jokes work, we can’t actually promise to teach you to be funny. Because, despite the hypotheses, philosophies, rules and formulas, a joke shared between two brains, much like love, is essentially intangible. It’s hidden alchemy. The truth [...]

Introducing… The Last POPIA Book You Will Ever Need

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There is no better way to introduce our book, Over-Thinking the Protection of Personal Information Act: The Last POPIA Book You Will Ever Need, than by reciting the Dunning-Kruger* prayer: ‘Let me be smart enough to know how dumb I am and give me the courage to carry on [...]

Why it’s okay to be funny about serious things

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“Humour is a superpower in business, now more than ever,” says Naomi Bagdonas, a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in her class on the benefits of leading with laughter. It’s not a new concept to Novation; we’ve had years of practice honing our funny bones and [...]

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