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Charitable initiative donates forensic software to organizations in need


The Auxtera Project, a charitable initiative founded by employees of Waterloo, Ont.-based Magnet Forensics, aims to donate digital investigation software and services to organizations that support vulnerable populations.

According to the organizers, digital evidence is an important element of the justice system, with prosecutions and defences often relying on digital images, emails and location data. The Auxtera Project “was created with the aim of bringing together the digital forensics community to help ensure that a lack of digital forensic technology and trained personnel would not stand in the way of justice, the safety of children, or the protection of other vulnerable populations.”

“We believe that everyone, regardless of age, gender, race or financial well-being, should have equal access to justice,” said Magnet Forensics founder and chief technology officer Jad Saliba in a statement. “Digital investigations haven’t just played a crucial role in putting our worst criminals behind bars. They’ve helped rescue victims and exonerate innocent people of crimes they didn’t commit. Without access to it, children, racial and ethnic minorities and the financially disadvantaged only become more vulnerable.”

Project beneficiaries will receive Magnet Forensics’ digital investigation platform Magnet AXIOM. Those in North America will be eligible to be matched with a volunteer digital forensics examiner.

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“I’m volunteering for The Auxtera Project because I know that digital forensics examiners can make an incredible difference for at-risk groups that don’t normally have access to them,” said Lodrina Cherne, the principal security advocate at Cybereason. “Magnet Forensics is bringing the digital forensics community together for an important cause: to improve access to justice for all.”

Magnet Forensics will host video information sessions on March 3 and March 24 for interested applicants (meeting details available on the company’s news release).