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Falsifiability in Digital Forensics (was VPN)

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Falsifiability in Digital Forensics (was VPN)

Post Posted: Jun 11, 10 18:24

In a recent discussion related to the use of VPNs for digital forensics I mentioned the notion of falsifiability as a means to determine the validity (or lack, thereof), of potential hypothetical objections on the grounds that evidence may have been contaminated. I mentioned a paper by Brian Carrier in which he argued for the application of Popper's notion of falsifiability to determine when a claim is scientific.

While I do have the PDF of this paper, I have (since) discovered that the paper, and his PhD dissertation wherein he discusses this are both online:


Also, I have found two NIST papers on forensic examination of cellphones and PDAs which discuss falsifiability as it pertains to Daubert challenges:


This topic is particularly interesting to me because it was the crux of my argument that another investigator's opinion on wiping was unscientific because it could not be disproved (there was no affirmative evidence of wiping).

In any event, enjoy!  

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Re: Falsifiability in Digital Forensics (was VPN)

Post Posted: Jun 11, 10 22:27

Great links - thanks!  

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