27 September 2020

On August 28-29, the International Scientific and Practical Conference "Digital Forensic Science: Challenges of the XXI Century" was held at the IKBFU with the support of the Union of Criminalists and Criminologists.

More than 60 forensic scientists and professors from 18 Russian cities as well as scientists from Greece, Great Britain, Poland, Lithuania, and Kazakhstan discussed the problems of digitalization of society and its impact on criminal activity, as well as the main directions of development of modern forensic science in the light of global computerization of our lives.

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Oleg Zayachkovskiy, Director of the IKBFU Institute of Law emphasized the importance of the event:

“Prof. Tatiana Volchetskaya and her Scientific School of forensic situations analysis are the ones to be grateful to for organizing this conference on such an important issue at the IKBFU”.

Prof. Volchetskaya noted:

“The need for forensic scientists to discuss the issues of development of digital forensics and forensic science in general - has matured some time ago. And, despite the rather complicated epidemiological situation, we managed to gather forensic scientists both on the site of our university, and online”.

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The problems of the definition of "digital forensics", its content, as well as applied aspects of the application of the main provisions of the theory of information-computer support of investigation were discussed by leading Russian and international forensic scientists, including Professor Elena Rossinskaya (Kutafin Moscow State University of Law), Professor Igor Komarov (Lomonosov Moscow State University), Professor Oleg Zaitsev (Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation), Professor Lev Bertovsky (Peoples' Friendship University (the RUDN) of Russia), British Professor Demetrius Fludas (Hughes Hall College, Cambridge University) and many others.

The conference participants discussed the main directions of the development of forensic science in the era of digitalization, as well as opportunities for digital technologies in law enforcement practice.

The second day of the conference was held in the format of an online round table dedicated to the problems of electronic evidence in modern court proceedings. The moderator of the round table, Irina Lukyanova, the Head of the Department of Procedural Law of the All-Russian Academy of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation, emphasized the need to solve the problems of submission of electronic evidence to the court, evaluation of electronic evidence, confirmation of the reliability of electronic messages and information stored in electronic form, etc.

It should be noted that the event was held as part of the 5-top-100 academic excellence programme.

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