Digital evidence exceptionalism? A review and discussion of conceptual hurdles in digital evidence transformation

Biedermann, Alex and Kotsoglou, Kyriakos (2020) Digital evidence exceptionalism? A review and discussion of conceptual hurdles in digital evidence transformation. Forensic Science International: Synergy, 2. pp. 262-274. ISSN 2589-871X

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fsisyn.2020.08.004

Abstract

Forensic science is currently undergoing a transformation and expansion to include modern types of evidence, such as evidence generated by digital investigations. This development is said to raise a series of challenges, both in operational and conceptual dimensions. This paper reviews and discusses a series of convoluted conceptual hurdles that are encountered in connection with the use of digital evidence as part of evidence and proof processes at trial, in contradistinction to investigative uses of such types of evidence. As a recent example raising such hurdles, we analyse and discuss assertions and proposals made in the article “Digital Evidence Certainty Descriptors (DECDs)” by Graeme Horsman (32 Forensic Science International: Digital Investigation (2020) 200896).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital evidence, Weight of evidence, Probability, Evaluative reporting
Subjects: M100 Law by area
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2020 14:31
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2020 14:31
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44390

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