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The Complete Picture: Cloud-Based Evidence

Cloud-based evidence is the fastest growing area in digital forensics. Accessing cloud evidence means having legal authority to compel production of the data, manually being provided the username(s) and password(s), or having other authentication credentials to access data, such as a login or password through an authentication token (Elcomsoft 2018). But, having the keys doesn’t mean you’ll access the locked chest treasure trove of data. And there are ethical concerns. Opinions vary on cloud co

Body Language: Our Body of Works

"Body Language: Our body of works," Texas Woman's University's Department of Language, Culture, and Gender Studies (LCGS) Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies (MWGS) program's collaborative and interactive newsletter. This newsletter's underlying inspiration is to create connections, inspire collaborations, share good news, and learn more about everyone in our program. This project has been, and continues to be, a labor of love.

Brains Beat Algorithms: Why Digital Forensics Still Need Humans + AI

Brains Beat Algorithms: Why Digital Forensics Still Need Humans + AI We get it, understanding artificial intelligence and keeping up with emerging technology is hard and probably not taught in law school. Artificial intelligence is and remains a current and future challenge for the digital forensics community. Law enforcement agencies are struggling with digital investigations worldwide. According to a study by Cellebrite, each digital investigation case involves 2-4 mobile devices and nearly

Ransomware: A primer for lawyers

Exfiltration is on the rise. Lawyers need to know how attacks like exfiltration are investigated to prevent further damages to a client or firm’s finances and reputation. Our digital forensic examiners team up with you to understand the scope of the attack and help your investigation. First, let’s get clear on ransomware. Ransomware attacks often involve the threat of exfiltrated data. Attackers threaten to publish stolen, sensitive data unless someone pays a ransom. Here’s what goes down in

When Connections Adapt: SNAP’s Power of Connection and stories of partnerships

Trust. Comfort. Equal opportunity. These are the words that Amy, Sarah, and other neighbors used to describe the Spokane Neighborhood Action Partnership (SNAP) during the 2020 Power of Connection campaign. With over 50 years of stepping up to strengthen our community, SNAP’s footprints leave a roadmap of regional stories and support systems. With over 30 programs, there has never been a shortage of potential stories – the question has annually been how best to approach the unique opportunities and challenges of a given year. In 2020, everyone knows there was no shortage of challenges, either.

Supporting our Local Sisters • Rogue Heart Media

When Rogue Heart is faced with rare free time or unclaimed capacity, we pour that available energy into our nonprofit partners. These opportunities are joyful, spontaneous, and fit right in with our values of leveraging for good, living adventurously, and celebrating people. At the tail end of a tough, slow, and COVID-rattled winter, we had such an opportunity arise in February 2021, to lift up a vibrant and collaborative community effort that addresses basic needs for women experiencing homelessness: namely, collecting menstrual and hygiene products, as well as undergarments for simple self-care.

Building Better Government: Residents define accessibility in services

Services may be unique, but delivery isn’t For the last five years, Sarah Rodriguez analyzed the way local and federal governments deliver services. How they’re funded, staffed, designed, advertised, policy implications, what technology is used, and how these factors intertwine and define how a service is delivered. As a community organizer, a planner, and finally, a designer, she studied these factors in an attempt to bridge the gap between systems and individuals. And while governments offer

Student art project ties historic Steam Plant facility to breast cancer awareness

The Steam Plant has become a regular exhibit spot for students. The connection between the iconic downtown building and the students of East Farms Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Magnet School goes back five years. On Friday, students will celebrate their newest installation, a piece that honors those affected by breast cancer. The Steam Plant’s twin stacks were first adorned in pink by LED lights to draw attention to breast cancer in October 2014. Inch by inch, 415 dra
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Spokane couple enjoy their baby girl only two years after health scare

In the corner of Thomas and Noel Rademacher’s living room, their Weimaraner, Mackenzie, noses the ornaments on the Christmas tree. Five-month-old Charlotte giggles and wiggles her fingers and toes in an electronic rocking chair, squealing occasionally as the couple reflects on their journey over hot tea. Sitting here, as parents celebrating baby’s first Christmas, proves a happy ending in a race against time set in an arduous journey. The couple’s love sparked from a shared sense of humor...

Cycling? There's a (M)ap for That

Among other functions, San Francisco's  BikeMapper lets cyclists plan routes that avoid (or take on!) San Francisco's gnarly hills while simultaneously checking out the street view for any point along the route.  BikeMapper lets you choose your routes for errands, business or leisure, with an option to avoid busy streets, and choose the fastest or most bike friendly route. The route breaks down total distance traveled, the time duration, pounds of CO2 saved, and calories burned. Green bike lines

Navy's Steps to Demolish Its Last Coal Plant Lead to Energy Efficiencies

The demolition of the Goddard coal-fired power plant will save NSF $7.5 million each year, and more than 50 billion pounds of carbon emissions will be reduced annually. Constructed in 1957, the Goddard Power Plant generated steam, compressed air and approximately 67 percent of the electric power used at NSF Indian Head. With most plants having a service expectancy of 25 years, the Goddard Power Plant was past its due date, ultimately requiring frequent repair and maintenance that is costly and
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Anti-Coal Hearings Fuel Concerns for Oregon’s Future - The Planet

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality takes comments about coal export proposal: Anti-coal activists take concerns directly to Gov. Kitzhaber in "people's hearing" Six coal terminals have been proposed by coal companies in Oregon and Washington. Three have already been shelved by public outcry. On Tuesday, July 9, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) hosted twelve-hour hearings at the Portland Convention Center and in Hermiston, Oregon, on a draft air permit for the controversial
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