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Why most law firms’ internal collaboration systems are doomed to fail

By Oz Benamram, Chief Knowledge Officer, White & Case

8 May 2013

When I speak at events in the US, I usually find that the people in the first few rows of the hall - or at the sides, it all depends on where the electrical outlets are - are poised with their laptops or tablets to live tweet or blog the talk, #hashtags at the ready. But at a recent knowledge management conference in London, WiFi wasn't even offered.

As a part of my remarks in London (I joined Ruth Ward of Allen & Overy to speak on knowledge portals and search), I asked the attendees about their social media habits. Almost everyone there used Wikipedia content, but only one had ever contributed or edited a value in Wikipedia. Most read blogs or looked through Facebook or Twitter during the course of the average day, but only one had posted to any social media outlet that day.

While the cultural differences between social media usage in the US and the UK may be clear, at least in the realm of that conference, I don't believe any such 'across...

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