The use of video turns up in these pages either where a supplier has used the medium to educate or to promote a product, or in a slightly embarrassed reference to my own reluctant appearances in front of the camera.
CEIC (Computer and Enterprise Investigations Conference) has come up with an interesting new use for the medium. They are offering free entry and accommodation for CEIC 2010 to the person who makes the best short video explaining why the maker wants to go to CEIC. The competition details are here.
CEIC was in Orlando last year. I was there in my capacity as a member of Guidance Software’s Strategic Advisory Board and thoroughly enjoyed it, despite torrential downpours. This year, the conference is at Summerlin in Nevada, so bad weather is unlikely.
CEIC is a more technical event than most conferences, being concerned primarily with computer forensics end (increasingly) the importance of that subject for electronic discovery as well as law enforcement. Delegates come from all over the world, reflecting the fact that Guidance Software’s EnCase in all its different versions is as near as one can get to a worldwide standard for forensic collection. This ranges from one-off collections with EnCase Portable through to enterprise-wide network collections – we have recently seen the launch of the new release of EnCase eDiscovery 4 with the tag-line From Legal Hold to Load File.
My main interest, obviously, is in the eDiscovery aspects, and last year I was on a couple of panels led by Patrick Burke of Guidance Software on the perennial problem of multinational and cross-border discovery. The difficulties of the technical side of collection can sometimes appear trivial compared with the problems raised by disparate and overlapping jurisdictional differences, notably those of EU data protection and privacy. Those who collect the data need to be aware of the legal context in which it is to be used. The subject does not go away, and the period since last May has seen the EU apparently hardening its line on privacy just as the US courts seem to get even less tolerant of EU legislation.
The video should be less than 90 seconds long (I assume that this is what is meant by the line which says “Keep your video under 1:30” and that this is not an invitation deliver a blockbuster lasting an hour-and-a-half). As competitions go, making a video is more fun than most, and it will be interesting to see the winning entry. For those who prefer a more conventional approach to conference attendance, the registration page is here.