UMass Amherst
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Our Forensics Center is a partnership of UMass Amherst and colleagues from across the nation in academia and law focused on digital and network forensics and privacy. Begun in 2010, the Center's work advances digital forensics science & technology, addressing the challenge of the protean nature of computer systems and the Internet. Our core mission is to develop and apply novel research and technology in forensics and privacy to address the interests of society, law, and government. In addition to fellow computer scientists, we work closely with partners at the UNH Crimes Against Children Research Center and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces in several states.

We seek to bring together partners across industry, government, and academia to advance scientific and societal understanding of the issues raised by digital forensics technologies. Please contact us to get involved with the Center.

We regularly publish new results on digital forensics and criminal investigation. We are also active in transitioning our research to the field. Since 2009, our Center's research and technology, as used by investigators, has been the basis of over 9,500 cases of Internet-based child sexual exploitation. Since April 2012, more than 200 children have been rescued from sexually abusive situations as a result of cases started with our tools.



Our paper Location Privacy without Carrier Cooperation was accepted and presented at the IEEE MoST 2014 workshop .

Our paper Turning Off GPS is Not Enough: Cellular location leaks over the Internet appeared in the PETS 2013 conference.

Our paper on Measurement Child Pornography Trafficking was runner-up for Best Paper at WWW 2013. Over 800 papers were submitted and 125 accepted to the conference.

Brian Levine is giving a Keynote talk at SYSTOR 2013 Conference in Haifa, Israel, held in cooperation with USENIX and the Technion Center of Excellence (TCE) this June. The talk will be on "Fighting Internet-based Sexual Exploitation Crimes Against Children".

We were honored to have our work referenced in a very important January 2013 New York Times Magazine article on victim restitution.

The United States Sentencing Commission's Report to Congress: Federal Child Pornography Offenses contains many references to our research, including Robert Walls' paper on "Effective Digital Forensics".

Our work was featured in the Dept. of Justice's National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction: A Report to Congress.