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Experts to Address Collection, Analysis and Legal Applications of Digital Evidence

As the White House’s new cyber-security office employs all the tools at its disposal to fend off the sorts of large-scale attacks that can cripple economies and compromise national security, law enforcement officers and attorneys nationwide—along with the public they serve—must grapple daily with those who would use personal computers, cell phones and other digital devices to do everything from perpetrating Ponzi schemes to luring children into harm’s way.

The Duquesne University Wecht Institute’s ninth annual conference, Evidence in the Information Age, will present a more current and comprehensive knowledge of both the crime-fighting challenges and the investigative and legal opportunities presented by the proliferation of digital technology in the 21st century.

Among the conference’s guest speakers are:

  • Pittsburgh native Alicia Kozakiewicz, a victim of an Internet luring and founder of The Alicia Project, who, along with her mother Mary, will participate in the panel discussion on computer and Internet safety and security
  • Abigail Abraham, senior counsel and manager of criminal compliance and investigations for America Online, who will break down the Electronic Communications Privacy and Stored Communications Act
  • Mark Pollitt, former director of the FBI’s regional computer forensic laboratory program, who will address the challenge of digital evidence in the 21st century.

Two new components will be introduced at this year’s conference. In Forensic Examination of Digital Devices, a 90-minute, hands-on workshop conducted by local, county, state and federal law enforcement members, attendees will learn how to collect and assess data from various types of digital devices. In addition, lawyers in attendance can learn the do’s and don’ts of presenting on the stand as they watch mock direct and cross examinations of a digital forensic examiner as part of the conference.

Evidence in the Information Age will be held Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Duquesne Union Ballroom. The conference is free to all sworn law enforcement officers. Continuing education credits are available for Pennsylvania attorneys and primary and secondary school teachers; Ohio attorneys; and West Virginia attorneys. For more information, visit www.duq.edu/digitalevidence, email digitalevidence@duq.edu or call 412.396.1330.

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