The Role of Video and Audio in eDiscovery

by | Aug 20, 2018 | Useful Tech Tips | 0 comments

The Role of Video and Audio in eDiscovery

There is an avalanche of data being dumped on law firms and just about everyone else.  Attorneys and everyday people are suffering from information overload.  Unfortunately, the influx of data does not show any signs of slowing down.  Attorneys are tasked with determining how to manage eDiscovery to use the flood of information in the most strategic manner possible.


eDiscovery is Moving Beyond Paper

Discovery is no longer limited to documents from word processor.  Modern eDiscovery includes video and audio.  The manual transcription of spoken words is time consuming, expensive and arduous.  Furthermore, manually transcribing audio is highly fallible.  Some contemporary tech tools are unable to decrease volume of video and audio files to an acceptable level for analysis.  Artificial intelligence is essential for transcribing, redacting, translating and pinpointing information.  Even accuracy is enhanced thanks to the blending of numerous cognitive artificial intelligence engines, using the most powerful of the bunch to for specific purposes.

It is now possible for today’s technology to transform each frame of video or audio to a format that can be searched for specific words, phrases, voice identification, etc.  This data is used by law firm employees to generate a structure in as little as a couple minutes, pulling data and pinpointing content that is the most important.  The end result is a reduction in the work and time necessary for eDiscovery, ultimately liberating lawyers to focus on legal analysis and litigation.


Improved Compliance Through Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is even boosting compliance through the scanning of information across several forms of communications.  The use of computer engines empowers law firms to analyze employee interactions performed through media ranging from recorded calls to emails and beyond.  This information can be analyzed for nuanced language to gauge compliance with the regulations of the law.  Law firms that make prudent use of artificial intelligence ultimately monitor communications compliance in the most proactive manner possible, reviewing data in an instantaneous manner for optimal efficiency.


Obtain a Competitive Advantage With In-depth Analysis

Law firms that properly leverage artificial intelligence analyze the information about the data itself.  In other words, metadata from every single frame, similar to audio and video can be generated and analyzed to satisfy the detailed requirements of the law.

Today’s computing technology pulls metadata frame-by-frame.  Such extraction ultimately empowers attorneys to fully understand the information and act with prudence.  In other words, artificial intelligence surpasses the average law firm employee’s intellectual and biological constraints as well as their bias to produce highly detailed information.  This is the omnipresent, “eye in the sky” that observes everything human beings cannot see.  Though computers will never fully replace lawyers, it is clear the proper use of technology arms attorneys with accurate information and ultimately liberates them to focus on what they do best.


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