Victoria Hudgins, Legaltech News: AI Has Foothold in E-Discovery, but Quality Concerns Limit Broader Adoption

Extract from Victoria Hudgins’s article “AI Has Foothold in E-Discovery, but Quality Concerns Limit Broader Adoption”

While some e-discovery tools have been widely adopted, lingering quality and ethical concerns regarding AI keeps some advanced tech out of the discovery process, according to a new report.

Today, Ipro’s ZyLAB and the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) released the “2021 State of AI and Technology Adoption in eDiscovery,” a report delving into the use of e-discovery technology. ZyLAB and the ACEDS surveyed 184 e-discovery practitioners, nearly half (49%) of whom work at law firms and 19% work for external service providers.

Of the “relatively simple technologies” that utilize automation for e-discovery, 87% of survey respondents said they used deduplication tools and 74% used data process software, according to the report. The report also noted that some “basic” data analytics features are commonly used amongst respondents, including entity search (77%), basic entity extraction (61%) and foreign language extraction (61%).

While foreign language extraction tools may not be needed for all matters, Ipro chief operations officer Sarai Schubert noted during a Wednesday webinar discussing Ipro’s report that such analysis tools are gaining traction.

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