Quick Hits Friday: ABA Journal Blawg 100 Nominations

Now that you’ve been stuffed with turkey, splurged on Black Friday Sales and are ready to relax, here’s some catch-up reading.

ABA Journal Blawg 100

The ABA Journal has announced the Blawg 100, its annual list of top 100 legal blogs. The list is compiled by the editorial staff of the Journal, and once published, it is open to the public to vote for their favorites. We’re honored to have been included as a new addition this year, under the Legal Tech category. A big thanks to our Contributors, who continue to submit useful, engaging content.

We encourage you to cast a vote for Law Technology Today, under the Legal Tech category, but we also want to point out some other blogs, some that may go unnoticed and some that continue to be popular.

In fiction writing, there’s this thing called “Flash Fiction.” The challenge is to convey a complete story in 300 words or less. A famous example is Ernest Hemingway’s six words: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

From a literary standpoint, there is a lot packed into those six words. I spent a week last summer at the UW-Madison Write-by-the-Lake retreat devoted to Flash Fiction and the study of those six words. Writing a complete story in 300 words or less is a challenge, and takes a certain amount of creativity and skill. The same holds true for the Supreme Court Haiku Reporter, found under the For Fun category. Distilling rulings from the Supreme Court into a haiku (5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables) is a creative feat. Also in the For Fun category is Lowering the Bar, a Blawg 100 Hall of Fame member.

Also on the creative front, under the Niche category, is the Open Law Lab. Through illustrations, Maraget Hagan explores ways to increase access to justice. She started it when she was a student at Stanford Law, and has kept at it. Her post on legal concept designs for online privacy awareness is entertaining.

Congratulations to all the nominees, and we encourage you to check out all the blogs listed in each category. Some will be familiar, like Lawyerist and Solo Practice University. Others, like The Girls Guide to Law School, Ms. JD, Defrosting Cold Cases and CAAF Blog, will become familiar.

The Journal also created a Twitter list of this year’s nominees, which is worth following, as are the feeds of the nominees.

The Multi-Factor Authentication Battle

Security is a topic that won’t go away. From recent breaches to malware installed on hotel wifi services to new vulnerabilities being found in every operating system, it can seem as if we are unprotected. One method of combating hackers, and generally protecting accounts, is two-factor authentication, or mutli-factor authentication. To login, you need more than a username and password. A PIN, for example, sent to your phone that you then type into the system you want to access. The PIN tells the system that you are, in fact, you.

Craig Huggart wrote a post explaining why believes multi-factor authentication isn’t ready for prime time. That generated some interesting discussion in the comments, and online. I asked Andrew B. Stockment if he would pen a post in favor, and he did, explaining how it is effective and easy to use.

Now enjoy the reset of your long weekend, and remember to cast a vote before December 19.

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