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Source Code on Trial Symposium
Friday, March 12, 2021 at 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm CSTFree
This event took place on March 12, 2021. A recording of the event can be found below.
Introductory Speaker: Edward Imwinkelried
Panelists: Rebecca Wexler, Mark Perlin, Ric Simmons and Kelley Kulick
Over a decade has passed since The National Academy of Forensic Science’s report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, called on the scientific community to examine the scientific foundations and limitations of various forensic disciplines. The report spurred important collaborations between the criminal justice and scientific communities. As a result, new probabilistic and statistical methods are rapidly being developed to analyze forensic evidence. These methods, while a promising opportunity for a scientific-driven and objective approach to forensic evidence, are implemented through computer programs. The instructions for these programs are contained within the source code.
Now, a natural question is being asked in courts across the country: should criminal defendants have access to the source code of programs used to analyze forensic evidence? In this symposium, we begin to explore the issue of access to source code in criminal trials.
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