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Computer Forensics Expert Describes Legal Aspects of Electronic Communication

Posted Dec. 12, 2012

“You should never post, e-mail, Tweet, text or capture information that you do not want other people to see in the future,” Timothy M. Opsitnick, Esq., senior partner and general counsel of JurInnov Ltd., told students in the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University.

“You cannot hide such detail,” he stressed.

Tim Opsitnick at SLISOpsitnick delivered a guest lecture in November titled “eDiscovery and Computer Forensics,” for the Foundations and Modern Administration of Archives class taught by SLIS adjunct instructor Roland M. Baumann. He offered a general overview of electronic communication issues as they relate to litigation, such as what is electronic discovery and when is it required, what is computer forensics, what is a litigation hold on electronically stored information (ESI), and what are some general evidentiary issues. 

Of special interest to the 16 SLIS students in the class was Opsitnick’s commentary on how to resurrect deleted e-files and locate encoded metadata, as well as how to authenticate digital records. He described real-life applications for anyone participating in social networking. He also covered the development of case management and document management systems, as well as job opportunities for archivists in this field.

JurInnov Ltd. was founded in Cleveland in 2000 and now includes 21 computer engineers and information specialists. For more information about the firm, visit www.jurinnov.com

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University has the only American Library Association-accredited Master of Library and Information Science degree program in Ohio, offering courses in Kent, Columbus (State Library of Ohio) and through a fully online option. SLIS also offers a Master of Science in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management and participates in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the College of Communication and Information. The school is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top 20 LIS graduate programs, with a youth librarianship program that is ranked 13th. It is one of the largest library schools in the country, with more than 650 students enrolled. For more information, visit www.kent.edu/slis.