Putting Enron’s e-mail on public display

Suddenly it seems that everyone in the e-discovery world is putting Enron’s e-mail on display, offering the public a window into one of the most notorious corporate scandals of our times.

It started when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission published its Enron investigation database in cooperation with Aspen Systems Corporation. This database provides access to what is described as 92 percent of Enron’s staff e-mails, along with more than 85,000 records and 150,000 scanned pages of documents provided to FERC during its investigation.

Since then, at least two other companies have used the FERC data to create their own free databases of Enron e-mail as ways of showcasing their compliance and e-discovery technologies. Enron Email is provided by InBoxer as a demonstration of its InBoxer Anti-Risk Appliance corporate compliance software. The site is even running a contest to find the most outrageous e-mails in three categories. Free registration is required. (I’ve written before about this company’s spam filter, which I recommended.)

The other Enron e-mail site comes from MetaLINCS to demonstrate its e-discovery software, again using the FERC data. You will have to fill out a free registration form and then download a trial version of the company’s software. It lets you not just search messages, but analyze relationships among them, to find ties between people and threads.

Maybe you’ll find the next smoking gun.

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  • Robert, thanks for pointing out this resource. This should be really interesting. No doubt that even after Enron et al, there is still a market for email filtering services. Amazing what some people commit to writing…

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone seen the documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room? I thought it completely captures the scandal and shows the outrageousness of what Enron was trying to pull off. Visit http://www.enronmovie.com for more info.