Today, Microsoft and The Clooney Foundation for Justice announced a new app by the name of TrailWatch, which monitors courtroom trails the world over in an effort to shine light on any injustices that may be enacted; especially in marginalized communities, or in areas where governments can use their power to silence opposition or overall violate basic human rights.
The foundation, led by human rights attorney Amal Clooney and her husband, actor George Clooney, describe themselves as advocates for justice through accountability for human rights abuses around the world. With TrailWatch, the foundation plans to monitor and respond to trials around the world that pose a high risk to human rights. The initiative will help to expose those injustices and garner support to get justice for those defendants whose rights have been violated.
“Courts around the world are increasingly being used to silence dissidents and target the vulnerable. But so far there has been no systematic response to this,” said Amal Clooney in a statement. “The Clooney Foundation for Justice’s TrialWatch program is a global initiative to monitor trials, expose abuses, and advocate for victims, so that injustice can be addressed, one case at a time.”
The foundation has partnered with Microsoft and it’s Azure platform to create an app that will record audio in dozens of languages and provide translation and speech to text services. The app will also allow you to take pictures of people and documents, which are then uploaded to Microsoft’s cloud service. With the cloud backup of the data, CFJ’s team of trial lawyers and activists can go over the information, compare it, and decide how to then move forward.
“This new technology will promote fairness in trials by making the world a witness to what happens inside courtrooms,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith in a statement. “What has impressed me about the whole TrialWatch program is that there is a real problem that needs to be solved. You’re literally talking about situations where someone’s freedom is at stake, we’re talking about situations where someone’s life may be at stake. And therefore the ability to get a fair trial is of the most fundamental importance one can imagine,”
The TrailWatch app is already available in the App Store, the Play Store, and in the Microsoft Store.