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Episode Overview

In episode three, Just Science interviews Martin Novak, a Computer Scientist with the National Institute of Justice, about digital evidence in the United States Court of Appeals. 

Digital evidence has the capacity to identify suspects, win acquittals, and obtain convictions. Whether through cars, smart homes, cell phones, personal computers, or a myriad of other devices, analysts are able to collect a staggering amount of data during the investigation of a crime. Martin Novak is currently studying the application of digital evidence in the courtroom. Listen along as he discusses case studies, his current research goals, and the role of digital evidence in the Court of Appeals in this episode of Just Science. 

This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Guest Bio

Martin Novak is a Senior Computer Scientist with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).  Since 2004, he has managed NIJ’s Digital and Multimedia Evidence Research and Development Portfolio.  His research interests are science and the law, developing solutions for technology-facilitated abuse, and research on digital evidence collected from dark net investigations.  Martin has a Master’s in Public Administration from George Mason University. 


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