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Microsoft president announces new artificial intelligence powered app to support trial monitors

Author: Brad Smith, Microsoft, Published on: 29 April 2019

"Tech that makes the world a witness to courtroom injustices across the globe", 25 Apr 2019

In 1948, as the world recovered from the atrocities of the Second World War, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights....The  world’s governments recognized in the declaration the fundamental right to a fair trial, including a “public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal.” Sadly, more than seven decades later, there are too many days when this right remains elusive for people whose freedom and lives are at stake. In some parts of the world, trials function as instruments of oppression to silence government critics, jail journalists or target minority populations....Microsoft announced a partnership with CFJ to help advance human rights through TrialWatch, a program that trains and equips trial monitors to document and determine whether trials are conducted in a fair way. CFJ’s strategy, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Columbia Law School and the American Bar Association, is to expose injustices, rally global support, and create pressure on nations to change... [O]ur developers [ed] with CFJ’s team [to] incorporate artificial intelligence that will make human monitors and judicial experts more effective...

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Related companies: Microsoft