Strategic Conversation Report: The Future of Digital Evidence

Published on 11 June 2019

The proceedings of the Strategic Conversation focusing on digital evidence hosted by the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science have been published online.

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Digital evidence covers data and information both public and private. This area is set to dramatically increase in the coming years with 50 billion devices predicted to be connected through the Internet of Things by 2020. This poses significant challenges for undertaking criminal investigations in an increasingly digital world.

Digital data, information, transactions and access have little in common with the physical world and when it comes to securing, protecting and analysing digital evidence the application of conventional policing and investigative strategies are severely hampered if not simply fit for purpose. 

The Conversation, held in May 2018, gathered forensic science researchers, practitioners, representatives from the police, the judiciary, industry and others over two days to discuss the challenges emerging in this space and outlined the next steps that need to be taken to address how better approaches might be taken. 


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