Ann H. Ziluck

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Program Name

Information Technology

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Novadean Watson-Stone


E-Discovery poses many challenges to legal and information technology teams who must quickly produce information required for litigation. The extraordinary volumes, types, electronic and manual formats, and repositories of data produced by even small organizations must be quickly searched and analyzed as part of the E-Discovery process. Data created and stored in cloud computing, social media and mobile computing environments intensify the typical complexities of e-discovery since traditional advanced search analytics, digital forensics and E-Discovery techniques are more difficult or in some cases impossible with these technologies. Cloud computing and social media environments often prevent extraction of metadata required for defensible production of information. Digital forensics is impossible in some cloud computing environments, preventing experts from obtaining defensible and reproducible data sets. Legal and information technology teams must carefully consider the use of cloud computing and social media environments and ensure their corporate constituents that they are empowered to perform structured, effective, and scientific e-discovery practices for regulatory and legal compliance.


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