Paper, pens and manila folders. A phone. Microsoft Word (with track changes) and email. Perhaps a spreadsheet for tracking billable time, and shared folders on a server to store documents... this is probably how you work if you're a human rights lawyer. While we don't hear much about technology use outside of this common scenario we do hear about common challenges: being overwhelmed with cases that can last years, working in multiple languages across different jurisdictions with different processes, enduring pressure and surveillance from the states and corporations who you litigate against. We also know you're short of resource and access to technical expertise. This document looks at the place that technologies may have in helping you meeting these challenges. In this primer, we'll look at three classes of technologies which may be
? Case and practice management tools, for managing the day-to-day flow of information around a case, such as the exchange of documents, task management and dates.
? E-Discovery tools for digitising, organising and reviewing collections of documents, data or other material that could be evidence in a case.
? Investigation and case building tools, for organising and analysing the facts of a case or group of cases, providing visual overviews on maps, network charts and timelines.