Tom Mighell and I have recorded another episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast and it’s now available on the Legal Talk Network and on iTunes, with an RSS feed here. The episode is called “Home Computers at Work: The New Digital Divide?” (show notes here), and it’s sponsored by Clio. A special thank you to readers of this blog who listen to the podcast – we’re very pleased with the growing numbers of downloads the podcast is getting.

Here’s the episode description:

Many lawyers now find that they have much newer, and better, computers, cell phones and software at home than they have at work. And some companies are looking to cut costs by requiring their employees to purchase their own equipment. Are these trends changing the way both lawyers and their firms handle technology in the workplace? In this episode, co-hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss the implications of this new kind of “digital divide” and the changes we are already starting to see.

We had been thinking about this topic for a while and a great podcast called “Work-life balance: yesterday’s news?” from the Financial Times Digital Business podcast motivated us to feature this topic.

Here’s the basic premise. We’ve reached a point where many lawyers are likely to have better technology at home than the technology supplied by their firms and available at their offices. Because of the many different choices we have for our home computers, smart phones and the like, we are also likely to have home technology that we prefer to work with more so than standard firm-issue, one-size-fits-all computers and cell phones.

The question we discuss is: what are the implications, if any, of this trend?

We talk about different approaches we’ve seen to allowing awider variety of tech choices, allowing use of home equipment, and even approaches where employees might be required to provide their own computers. Of course, we delve into the potential benefits and risks of approches that involve use of home computers in the work setting, including support, security and even e-discovery implications. We give you plenty to think about.

We also take on a few audience questions. We always welcome your questions. We tackle the question whether it’s time to think about leaving Facebook (we don’t think so) and get Tom’s thoughts an interesting social media tool called Gist.

We end the podcast with our Parting Shots – practical tips you can use right away. Tom recommends a book called Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. I recommend a simple free recording program called Freecorder 4 as a way to “tivo” a quick recording of the audio from a video that you can listen to later on your iPod.

Give our new episode a listen and let me know what you think. Show notes for the podcast are here. And try some of the back episodes as well. You can also now follow the podcast on Twitter at @tkmreport.

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