Couple of niche events for your diaries…

• If you are interested in speech recognition on the Apple Mac platform (that'll be about three people then and I'm one of them) the MacSpeech team will be on Stand S71 later this week (13-to-16 January) at the BETT (British Education Technology and Training) 2010 event taking place at the London Olympia. MacSpeech Dictate is based on the Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition engine.

• If you are interested in e-discovery (that'll be about three people in the UK then + about a gzillion people in the US) make sure you have this event (which clashes with LegalTech New York) in your diary:  The International Law Discovery & Disclosure (ILDD) association will host a closed-session forum discussion regarding security risks faced by businesses operating or considering to operate within the Cloud and early case assessment. The event will take place at the New York Sheraton Hotel & Towers (located at 811 7th Avenue at 53rd Street) on February 2, 2010. The panel includes Carlos Fuentes, SVP & CIO from Mitsui Sumitomo; Cathleen Seneca, Chief Compliance Officer at E*Trade Clearing; Matthew Blake, Partner & Chief Compliance Officer at HSNO; and David Cohen, Partner at K&L Gates LLP.

Topics include (1) What are some of the best practices to consider when running a business in the cloud while remaining compliant with legal and regulatory authorities; and (2) How to measure damages and risk related to electronically stored information before engaging in preservation and discovery. There is no charge for this event, but space is very limited. To register for this event or for more information on ILDD conferences, roundtable discussions, events and networking opportunities, visit www.ilddgroup.com