Love af­fair with com­put­ers sparks drive for change

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CAO YIN caoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Jiang Yong, 45, a law post­grad­u­ate from China Univer­sity of Po­lit­i­cal Science and Law, is the chief of Tian Tong Law Firm in Bei­jing and founder of it­slaw.com, an in­ter­net com­pany pro­vid­ing le­gal ser­vices. He talked to Cao Yin, shar­ing his wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in law and cy­berspace.

“Join­ing the in­ter­net-re­lated busi­ness sec­tor was in­evitable for me, but also by chance.

The first time I saw and got into the head of a com­puter was in 1991 at­my­mom’s fac­tory in Hu­nan province. At the time, I was im­me­di­ately cu­ri­ous about this amaz­ing ma­chine and was itch­ing to spend all my win­ter hol­i­days learn­ing about it.

I quickly fell in love with the com­puter, and I or­ga­nized 1. com­puter train­ing when I re­turned to Bei­jing and of­ten de­voured­book­sand­magazines on the sub­ject at week­ends.

I had a close friend at univer­sity and he rented a base­ment for me af­ter grad­u­a­tion. In this small and shabby space, we played com­puter games and he told me a lot of re­ally in­ter­est­ing things about the ma­chine, which was rarely used in the early 1990s. It made me hugely

2.

In Septem­ber this year, the na­tion’s top court es­tab­lished a fourth on­line plat­form for res­i­dents to watch tri­als and see cu­ri­ous and I couldn’t think­ing about it.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing, I joined the ad­min­is­tra­tive case tri­bunal at China’s top court and luck­ily I took charge of the only com­puter in the of­fice. At the time, I also re­ally got into the in­ter­net and at my own ex­pense bought equip­ment to con­nect the com­puter to the on­line world.

I first learned how to send stop 3. e-mails, help­ing a judge con­tact her daugh­ter in the United States and had a ball dis­cov­er­ing cy­berspace.

Grad­u­ally, I re­al­ized that I wanted to pur­sue a freer life­style and my per­son­al­ity might not fit in with the strict work en­vi­ron­ment at the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court. So I quit in 2000and­buil­tupthe law­firm.

I’ve dis­cov­ered that many lawyers have great ideas about hot le­gal is­sues or cases, but it was hard to in­te­grate their opin­ions. They were like in­de­pen­dent work­shops, with­out any con­nec­tions.

To col­lect their great views and con­nect them and join them up, I es­tab­lished an on­line lawyer’s com­mu­nity and in 2014 es­tab­lished it­slaw.com.

Le­gal knowl­edge and ser­vices were fi­nally con­nected by the in­ter­net — and a dream of mine to com­bine the two was ful­filled.

The con­nec­tion is the first step. What I want to do is help lit­i­gants solve their ju­di­cial prob­lems through ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence. That is why I and my col­leagues de­vel­ope­dFaXiao­tao, the lawrobot.

We hope we will al­ways be ex­plor­ing, us­ing both our le­gal and in­ter­net in­tel­li­gence to serve peo­ple and wit­ness the world en­ter­ing a new cy­ber age.”

Prod­ucts or plat­forms that the Chi­nese courts use with the in­ter­net to pro­vide le­gal ser­vices:

Three on­line plat­forms es­tab­lished by the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court in 2013. The first helps lit­i­gants to search for those fail­ing or de­clin­ing to abide by ver­dicts. The se­cond is to read court ver­dicts on­line. The third is to help lit­i­gants lodge a law­suit on­line. how courts work.

China’s top court in March of­fi­cially be­gan op­er­at­ing Faxin.cn, an on­line le­gal re­search ser­vice for lawyers and le­gal pro­fes­sion­als. It can in­te­grate le­gal in­for­ma­tion and help peo­ple with their le­gal needs.

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