Proof in the Cloud

Legal and political authorities rely on computer evidence every day. More and more that evidence comes from cloud computing.

But the evaluation of that evidence by authorities such as juries can be trickier than the evaluation of traditional evidence such as ink, paper and testimony by a witness.  

Computer evidence can be manipulated in novel ways. 

However, there is reason for optimism.  One modern development does mitigate the threat that evidence is manipulated or abused: Increasingly, legal evidence is made available in the court of public opinion (on the Internet) in addition to the courtroom. The Internet enables amateur and professional forensic experts around the world to speak up when the legal system is stumped or about to make a mistake.

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