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


- The January 2018 Meeting announcement, with hotel and travel guidance, has been emailed out to all members and approved guests. If you are a member or approved guest and did NOT receive the meeting announcement, please email the Chair. Anyone planning to attend the meeting must RSVP by December 10th. If you are new to SWGDE and would like to attend, you must first submit a Guest Attendance Request and receive approval. Guest Attendance Request forms are located on our Membership page.

- All Public Draft and Approved documents from the SWGDE August 2017 meeting have been posted!
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 Establishing Confidence in Digital Forensic Results by Error Mitigation Analysis
  • SWGDE Framework of a Quality Management System for Digital and Multimedia Evidence Forensic Science Service Providers
  • SWGDE Guidelines for the Testing and Capture of Latent Impressions Using a Camera or Scanner
Provide Feedback
SWGDE seeks feedback from the DME community on our drafts for public comment:
  • SWGDE Best Practices for Examining Magnetic Card Readers
  • SWGDE Best Practices for Digital and Multimedia Evidence Video Acquisition from Cloud Storage
  • SWGDE Best Practices for Data Acquisition from Digital Video Recorders

Myth of the Day

All digital images must be electronically authenticated to be admissible.
Category: All DME Myths
A digital image, as well as a film photograph, can be authenticated through testimony or other evidence that the image is a fair and accurate representation of what it purports to depict; electronic authentication is not required. Image integrity must not be confused with the requirement to authenticate evidence as a precondition for admissibility in court. Courtroom authentication of an image substantiates that the image is a fair and accurate representation of what it purports to be, whereas integrity verification is the process of confirming that the image presented is complete and unaltered since the time of acquisition. The integrity of digital images can be verified through a number of means, some of which are not electronic.
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