Matthew Verga, XDD: Clearing the Fog of War, ECA Fundamentals Series Part 1

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A multi-part series on the fundamentals eDiscovery practitioners need to know about effective early case assessment in the context of electronic discovery

by Matthew Verga, JD, Xact Data Discovery

In the early nineteenth century, the Prussian military analyst Carl von Clausewitz wrote of the overwhelming uncertaintyinherent in decision-making during military conflicts:

War is the realm of uncertaintythree quarters of the factors on which action in war is based are wrapped in a fog of greater or lesser uncertainty.  A sensitive and discriminating judgment is called for; a skilled intelligence to scent out the truth.

By the end of the nineteenth century, the phrase “fog of war” had appeared as a shorthand description for this state of uncertainty, and this apt metaphor has remained in wide use to the present day, applied in every context from business to video games.

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