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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. To date, over 4,000 arrests for Internet-based child sexual exploitation have been made based on our Center's research and technolgy. Since April 2012, more than 85 children have been rescued from sexually abusive situations as a result of cases started with our tools.



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". Brian was also invited to speak on our projects at Harvard's Center for Research on Computation and Society as part of its Seminar Series on Monday, April 8, 2013 at noon, and at the Dept of Computer Science of Georgetown University on April 5, 2013

Measurement and Analysis of Child Pornography Trafficking on P2P Networks a paper by Hurley, Prusty, Soroush, Walls, Albrecht, Cecchet, Levine, Liberatore, Lynn, and Wolak appeared at the World Wide Web (WWW) Conference, May 2013.

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".

Disambiguation of Residential Wired and Wireless Access in a Forensic Setting, a paper by Sookhyun Yang, Jim Kurose, and Brian Levine, will appear at the IEEE Infocom 2013 Mini-Conference in April

Functional Privacy (or Why Cookies are Better with Milk), a paper by Robert J. Walls, Shane Clark, and Brian Levine, appeared at USENIX Hot Topics in Security 2012 in August.

Brian Levine was invited to give testimony to the US Sentencing Commission hearing on "Federal Child Pornography Offenses" in Washington, DC on February 15, 2012.

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

See the latest news stories of arrests that involve evidence gathered by tools developed at UMass.