SWGDE

Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence

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The Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) brings together organizations actively engaged in the field of digital and multimedia evidence to foster communication and cooperation as well as to ensure quality and consistency within the forensic community.

If these are your interests, we would like to welcome you to our site. We hope you will find the information found within to be of benefit.

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Mary Horvath, Chair
Federal Bureau of Investigation

James Darnell, Vice Chair
US Secret Service

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There are no announcements at this time
Membership
SWGDE is actively encouraging new membership! Learn about attending a meeting as a guest or applying for membership.
Newest Publications
SWGDE's most recent published documents are:
  • SWGDE Best Practices for Digital Forensic Video Analysis
  • SWGDE Establishing Confidence in Digital Forensic Results by Error Mitigation Analysis
  • SWGDE Minimum Requirements for Testing Tools used in Digital and Multimedia Forensics
Provide Feedback
SWGDE seeks feedback from the DME community on our drafts for public comment:
  • SWGDE Technical Overview for Forensic Image Comparison
  • SWGDE Position on the Use of MD5 and SHA1 Hash Algorithms in Digital and Multimedia Forensics
  • SWGDE General Photography Guidelines for the Documentation of Evidence Items in the Laboratory

Myth of the Day

An expert is required to lay a foundation for any digital images introduced in court.
Category: All DME Myths
When images that have been subjected to processing to reveal information are being offered in court, a subject matter expert will usually be required to explain the process used. On the other hand, when traditional darkroom type adjustments are applied these are easily understood without the need for an expert. For example, enlarging or brightening an image.
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