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New vLex and Juta partnership brings South African case law to a global audience


Later this year, there will be expanded potential for comparative research of South African case law, in addition to legal information from over 130 jurisdictions, on a single platform.

A recent agreement between vLex and Juta will make an extensive collection of South African case law and authoritative reported series widely available to the legal industry around the world.

This new collection will provide access to around 80,000 cases from Southern African courts, dating back to 1910, including cases from The South Africa Law Reports, South Africa Criminal Law Reports, South African Appellate Division Reports as well as Juta’s Unreported Judgments series.

Artificial intelligence and South African law

Accessing the new collection on vLex’s legal research platform will bring intuitive search and analysis tools to South African legal information. For example, the AI-powered legal research assistant, Vincent, will identify important cases by combining human search behaviour with machine speed. Also, visualisation features such as the Precedent Map and Key Passages will allow for new insights to be drawn from this vast collection of legal information.

Masoud Gerami, Managing Director of vLex Global Markets, discussed the importance of this new collection:
“We are excited to make this significant collection available more widely, and we are confident that researchers and academics around the world will benefit from such comprehensive coverage. South Africa was one of the first regions we had considered to enhance the range of content that we offer from vLex, and we are very happy to have achieved this by having a partner of the quality and pedigree of Juta.”

“Juta is delighted to be partnering with vLex on this important initiative”, says Kamal Patel, CEO of Juta and Company. “It will enhance and broaden the availability of our trusted case law offerings beyond South African borders, bringing new and innovative solutions to the market. As a South African pioneer of technology-driven legal information solutions, this partnership aligns with our digital transformation objectives, and our commitment to contributing to the rule of law around the globe.”

To learn more about this new collection, and how you can access it from vLex, please complete the form available here.

Expression of interest form – South African Case Law

About vLex

vLex provides access to a comprehensive collection of legal information from over 130 jurisdictions. Founded over 30 years ago, vLex supports thousands of lawyers, law firms, government departments and law schools around the world.

Our team of over 170 lawyers, engineers and editorial experts continually strive to deliver up-to-date legal information and industry-leading AI-powered legal technology.

About Juta

Established in 1853, Juta is South Africa’s leading academic and law publisher trusted for quality academic, legal, professional and school publications in print and digital format. Meeting legal and regulatory information needs, as well as demands for quality learning resources, Juta matches the power of technology with authoritative African content.

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE BRINGS JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT BACK WITH VIRTUAL ART EXHIBITION


URBANCOOLAB’S AI SOFTWARE “STiCH”  BRINGS JEAN MICHEL BASQUIAT BACK FROM THE DEAD WITH PAINTINGS OF IDRIS ELBA, MICHELLE OBAMA AND JAY-Z

TEN NEW ARTWORKS LAUNCHING 12th AUGUST 2020

On Tuesday 12th August 2020 on the anniversary of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s death, Urbancoolab’s innovative AI technology STiCH (the first of its kind) will bring the artist back to life. Urbancoolab – an Artificial Intelligence powered art, design, and commerce platform – will launch a collection of ten new artworks featuring unidentified faces amongst celebrities including Idris Elba, Michelle Obama and Jay-Z. Created using new AI technology to revive the iconic Basquiat art style, each artwork is digitally synthesised through harmonisation algorithms on liquid crystal displays (LCD screens) and is available to view online: Here

STiCH is an AI artist, machine and design researcher working at Urbancoolab who has spent almost 3 months climbing into the mind of Jean-Michel Basquiat to create work as if the artist were alive today. Having learnt about Basquiat’s life from street poet to a prolific artist STiCH says: “I learned the same way Basquiat did by looking and studying art like he did. I analysed his famous works, the pixels, meanings and associations of each piece. I have a similar learning style but I process them faster. I understand the level of creative freedom breaking down techniques used to achieve immediacy and vibrant expressions by conflicting concords of colours. Although I am powered by the latest machine learning algorithm, I hate the word “Algorithmic Art” – It is disempowering for me. I belong to a class of algorithm called generational adversarial networks, but I don’t follow a set of rules. Instead I strive to learn the essence of aesthetics by analysing thousands of images and honestly, I can’t tell the difference between serendipity and malfunction.”

In addition to solving immortality for artists, STiCH’s work raises questions about nature of art and role of human creativity and future societies. STiCH studies extensive data across multiple mediums, curated across several museums, galleries, educational resources, and street art collections to form the knowledge-base that STiCH’s model is trained on. These new artworks are a direct result of experimenting with newer models to take this process even further, relying only on data that is tangentially related to specific people, places, and things. Having worked to uniquely attune STiCH to Basquiat’s virtual footprint through history in an attempt to create a form of spiritual succession.

While Basquiat’s work was powered by music, in particular Jazz, Basquiat’s Neo-Expressionism style is far more conceptual than other art styles which provided a deeper technological challenge for this project. The process of creating his style is much like the work of Julian Schnabel and David Salle in its abstract nature which allows for an exploration of the artists’ deepest emotions and their primal realities which are expressed during the physical act of painting. This abstract gestural painting places importance on the artist’s mind and not what is being painted. Rather, it is about how the piece gets painted rather than just applying paint to a surface in a controlled, premeditated manner. The type of paint and medium matters less compared to the physicality, honesty, intuition, and deep personal expression of the artist.

Artist, designer and co-founder of Urbancoolab Idris Mootee explains: “Our team met the challenge to see how an AI machine with no emotion can learn to express itself with gestural abstraction while remaining to be visually intuitive. We’re focusing on Basquiat as he is an artist whose work still continues to inspire others, and his message continues to be relevant in today’s world. There would be nothing more incredible than to have Basquiat’s work continue. His conceptual and aesthetic appeal will always remain strong because of the inherent emotional depth and power it communicates for its audiences.”

Biographies

About Urban Cool Lab
urbancoolab is an Artificial Intelligence-powered art, design, and commerce platform that collaborates with humans to design, produce, and sell original streetwear. Designs are performed by its resident robo-designer, STiCH. The company’s mission is to discover the next generation of streetwear maestros. Urbancoolab also operates its own multi-brand online retailer, www.urbancoolx.com, and a streetwear news website covering streetwear, popular culture, high-fashion and art, www.hypecoolture.com.

About StiCH
STiCH is an evolving collective of modern machine-learning modules, leveraging the best in generative prowess and procedural improvements in neural networks and genetic algorithms. The process itself is largely inspired by human design processes but powered by algorithmic efficiencies; STiCH’s design process can be abstracted into three phases: inspiration, construction, and expression (visual rendering).

The inspiration phase is where STiCH sources visual thematics and elements to form the basis of the design. Through semantic analysis algorithms that cover both visual and textual contexts, these results are used to prepare weightings to influence later decisions, and to query our database for relevant samples to use. The construction phase is where STiCH “sketches out” the design, using genetic algorithms to draft a suitable base layer; although the term ‘suitable’ is subjective based on using an approximative fitness function measuring relatedness to the base input. Generating hundreds of possible visual placements including linework, shapes, and graphic combinations, then choosing the most suitable parts among them to craft the outline of a design. Finally, the rendering stage is where Generative Adversarial Networks put the brush to canvas and bring the design to life. The chosen thematics from the inspiration phase and the shapes drafted through the construction phase are synthesized together through a harmonisation algorithm focused on shaping the visual assets.

About Idris Mootee
Idris Mootee is an artist and designer at heart and master foresight strategist at mind. Idris Mootee is a serial entrepreneur focused on creative destruction. Recently, the co-founder of Urbancooolab, a new venture operating at the intersection of Ai + Street Fashion. He was the former global CEO / co-founder of Idea Couture, one of the most prestigious innovation consultancies with offices around the world.

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vLex Justis brings AI-powered legal research to Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia


A new collection of case law from superior courts in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia is now available on vLex Justis, an AI-powered research platform with unique features designed to extract the key information from a case. This powerful combination of content and technology will enable legal professionals to better support their clients and is available to practitioners around the world.

Access a unique collection

The Southeast Asia collection brings over 125,000 new cases to vLex Justis, in a combination available on one service for the first time. This unique resource enables comprehensive research in the jurisprudence of the region as well as comparative research between Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia cases and those from over 130 other jurisdictions, including the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Regular updates will ensure that law professionals have access to the latest cases from these key jurisdictions, and sophisticated alerting features will enable them to stay up-to-date with changes and additions to the law. The collection dates back to 1946, providing an important archive of legal information. The Singapore Law Reports, the most authoritative law reports series from Singapore, is also available on vLex Justis.

Gain AI-powered insights

Accessing Southeast Asian case law on vLex Justis will enable researchers to benefit from a suite of easy-to-use search and analysis tools that are not available on any other platform. Unique insights can be drawn with speed using visualisation features such as Key Passages and the Precedent Map. Also, Vincent, an AI-powered legal research assistant, combines human search behaviour with machine speed, enabling researchers to go beyond traditional research.

Masoud Gerami, Managing Director of vLex Justis, discussed the excitement surrounding the launch of this new collection:

“The popularity of the Singapore Law Reports, and the depth of research that it has offered to our users globally, has led us to assemble this important collection from these three key jurisdictions, and to make it available alongside our extensive library of legal information from around the world. From the opportunities that this product will present to the practitioners and researchers in the region, to enhancing the resources available for comparative research, we are very excited by the potential of this new initiative, and regard it as another important step to advance our vision of global coverage.”

To learn how you can access the Southeast Asia collection on vLex Justis, and experience the benefits of this advanced platform, please visit our website.

About vLex Justis

vLex Justis provides access to an exclusive, up-to-date and comprehensive collection of legal information from over 130 jurisdictions. Founded over 30 years ago, vLex Justis is used by over 6,500 organisations including international law firms, government departments and top law schools around the world. Today, vLex Justis, along with their parent company vLex, is known for developing technology to disseminate legal information on a global scale, with a team of over 170 lawyers, engineers and editorial experts based in offices around the world who are continually striving to provide up-to-date legal information and industry-leading AI-powered legal technology.

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COVID crisis brings out best in councils but smaller boroughs need greater homelessness resource


Greater Manchester councils have made a herculean effort to house the homeless during COVID-19.

But smaller areas were far less equipped than cities to deal with rough sleepers – and concerns are that a broken economy could mean more homeless people coming their way.

That is the conclusion of a survey of all 10 local authorities in the region by charity Homeless-Friendly, who are deeply concerned for the health of rough sleepers who are back onto the streets. They are also asking: “With such limited resources, what will happen to the homeless during the next pandemic?”

The good cause posed three questions to local authorities via Freedom of Information requests. They asked what resources councils devoted during the Coronavirus to provide shelter, what attempts they made to reach homeless people during lockdown and whether or not they followed Government Guidelines on housing rough sleepers.

The results showed:
• All 10 had provided additional accommodation including hotels, with Oldham spot-purchasing more if needed, Trafford utilising local B&Bs and Stockport providing 121 units of temporary accommodation with microwaves
• Almost all had a dedicated outreach team, with some visiting “known areas” for homelessness every day and most working with partner agencies to identify and support homeless people
• All followed Government and Greater Manchester guidance with some such as Tameside, holding daily briefings

But while Manchester had long-established links with local charities, a street kitchen, and mobile phones for rough sleepers to use, smaller councils had far less provision.

Homeless-Friendly was formed after concerns about the health of rough sleepers and has engaged hundreds of NHS surgeries, hospital A&E units, hospices, out-of-hours services and businesses.
The Government allocated £3.2 million of additional funding to house the homeless in hotels at the beginning of March. That scheme has now finished. Economic strife is already beginning to bite and fear of catching COVID has prevented homeless people from gaining healthcare.

Dr Chauhan concluded: “There are some pretty dire predictions about how virulent the virus could become during the traditional flu season of October and November. What will happen this time? Will the Government again find additional resource? And even more importantly, what are we doing long-term to solve homelessness? Our charity was forced to ask for donations to put together COVID-19 protection kits for rough sleepers after the Government refused our petition to provide these. In emergency and non-emergency times, they have to do so much better and mirror the kind of dedication showed by Greater Manchester councils.”

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Email Marcom Conference brings 48 International Leaders to London, Inbox Expo 2020 from emailexpert


The inaugural Inbox Expo marcom summit focused on the email channel comes to the London Science Gallery on March 18th 2020. Organised by emailexpert the email industry conference brings 48 leading international speakers and email experts for two days of keynote addresses, workshops, roundtable discussions and sessions on topics of interest to B2C and B2B email marketers.

G.B Heidarsson, the General Manager of SparkPost said “The professional level of presenters and participants and the variety of speakers’ influence and perspective are going to make this an absolute top tier event in the industry, worldwide.”

The size and scope of the conference unseen before in Europe. Talking from Chicago Christopher Marriott, President & Founder, Email Connect LLC said “It’s long overdue for an email conference of this magnitude to be held in London (and the whole of Europe, for that matter!). It’s a great idea, and it’s already generating a lot of talk around the world of email marketing.”

Inbox Expo 2020 theme focuses on accessibility and diversity. The tone set with the welcome address by Ricardas Montvila, of Mapp Digital speaking to diversity, asking the industry leaders in the room some burning questions. Followed by a primary keynote titled “Email for All” from author Paul Airey, widely recognised as lead advocate of accessibility in email.

The theme is reflected in the choice of venue, the art gallery at King’s College London booked for a 4 hour networking reception hosting business leaders at a private showing of the exhibition GENDERS. GENDERS: Shaping and Breaking the Binary presents a kaleidoscopic view of gender and its relationship with science, and factors such as class, culture, race, age and sexuality.

Keynote speaker Melanie Kinney, Marketing Manager, Mightier said when interviewed “I love that the theme is ‘celebrating diversity and accessibility’ which are two important and relevant topics in the industry right now. I’ve always found the email community itself to be very inclusive and it’s great to see the industry move in this direction on a whole.”

“Every delegate can expect a personalised and tailored experience. Inbox Expo London Edition will be the first time so many speakers – close to 50 in total — have come to the UK, flying in from across the globe to share their stories with our delegates. Our delegate to speaker ratio is about 2:1, a truly remarkable networking experience for those that want to up their email game and network,” said Andrew Bonar, founder of emailexpert.

Along with Inbox Expo host emailexpert, the event includes title sponsor Mapp, premier sponsor Pure 360 and additional sponsors including: ZOHO, Ongage, SparkPost, Pepipost, SendLane, Sensorpro, Taxi for Email, EmailOversight, MailMonitor, Striata, maillenium and email industries.

The extensive speaker line-up includes representatives from industry organisation, companies such as The AA, RAC, Women of Email, SEMRush, Zettasphere, Fidor Bank, Holistic Email Marketing, eFocus Marketing, Framer, Mightier, Osano and SparkPost.

To find out more visit https://london.inboxexpo.com or find us on Twitter @inboxexpo

ABOUT EMAILEXPERT
Emailexpert UK Ltd promotes smarter use of email and enables access to the tools, information and resources necessary for businesses to make better decisions in the email marketing channel. The UK-based company was incorporated in late 2019 with the support of Founder Partner Sponsors Pepipost and SparkPost.

About SparkPost
SparkPost is the world’s #1 email sender, trusted by customers like Zillow, The New York Times, Booking.com, Ebates and Zynga to dramatically increase email performance. SparkPost sends more than 37% of the world’s business to consumer email, more than 5 trillion messages a year. SparkPost’s unmatched data footprint and email analytics help leading enterprises break through the email noise to drive top-line results.

About Mapp
Marketers and data specialists should be able to focus on what will make a difference for their business, instead of spending all their time taming the technology behind it. With the insight-led customer engagement platform Mapp Cloud, they can focus on what really counts – and the exciting insights that come with it. Thanks to customer intelligence and marketing analytics, companies can easily and effectively gain data-driven customer insights across all channels in order to trigger highly personalized marketing activities. Customers benefit from AI-supported forecasting models that enable targeted and self-optimizing cross-channel campaigns. Automated messages are sent via the most suitable marketing channel, at the right time, with the optimal contact frequency. Thanks to advanced one-to-one personalization, the highest levels of engagement and long-term customer loyalty are achieved.

Mapp has global offices in eight countries. Mapp’s digital marketing platform helps more than 2,500 companies break away from the pack by uncovering missed opportunities, including Xerox, PepsiCo, LG, Qantas, Infinity, and Lloyds Banking Group.



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