Enhanced VINELink Lab
Karen Adams, Jared Beek
In collaboration with law enforcement agencies, Enhanced VINE (Victim Information & Notification Everyday) leverages computer and mobile app technology to house incarceration data and service provider resources. This computer lab includes a hands-on demonstration of how to search for custody status information on offenders and provides the opportunity to Get Notified for real-time automated offender custody status and court case notifications. This lab will also instruct on how to navigate the “Guide Me” feature, which guides victims to the appropriate local and national service providers, based on interactive questionnaires, depending on their individual needs. Attendees will learn about VINE & its innovative technology that is equipping law enforcement, community service providers, and victims of crime with life-saving resources that empower and protect victims.

#howdoisearchthat: Searching Instagram
Justin Fitzsimmons, Lauren Wagner
This computer lab is restricted to law enforcement and prosecutors only. With 55 million photos being shared daily, Instagram is a major player in the social networking world. Participants will be shown three ways to search Instagram: using the Instagram search engine on the web, searching Instagram through Google advanced and Boolean operators, and third-party resources that can be used to search Instagram, all without having an Instagram account. Instagram searching for profiles, keywords, hashtags, and geographical information will all be covered, as well as techniques to search Instagram through the mobile app using an Android emulator.

Optimizing Your Investigative Tools & Techniques
Justin Fitzsimmons, Lauren Wagner
This computer lab is restricted to law enforcement and prosecutors only. This lab will introduce the must-have software and methodologies that can be used by investigators to manipulate and save digital evidence. Topics will include Firefox add-ons, such as Download Flash and Video and Screengrab, and other software including Jing, VLC, Irfanview, and Audacity. Additionally, the presenters will explore the cutting-edge services and products SEARCH uses to aid investigators in crimes involving digital evidence. These resources also provide guidance on utilizing technology to corroborate evidence in traditional crimes. Topics include the new SEARCH add-on, available for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari; the SEARCH Internet Service Provider List to find legal contacts for investigative purposes; and technology guides that cover current investigative trends.

Searching Facebook: Graph Search & URL Manipulations
Justin Fitzsimmons, Lauren Wagner
This computer lab is restricted to law enforcement and prosecutors only. Facebook is the largest worldwide social media website and contains a substantial amount of potential investigative information. This lab will uncover how Facebook information can be searched in separate and distinct ways. One method is to use Facebook graph search, which uses specific targeted terms that, when used correctly, can show investigative material. The presenters will demonstrate how graph search works, and explain how syntax is vital to a successful search. Another method is to use URL manipulations. Once a Facebook profile has been identified, these URL manipulations can show content from this target, such as photo comments, video likes, and comparisons with friends.

Twitter: An Under-Appreciated Investigative Tool
Justin Fitzsimmons, Lauren Wagner
This computer lab is restricted to law enforcement and prosecutors only. Twitter has quickly become the go-to medium for today’s instant communication, proven by the fact that there are 5,000 tweets per second. This lab will demonstrate Twitter searching to allow searching for Twitter profiles, Tweet keywords and hashtags, and even searching for Tweets from a particular latitude and longitude. These Twitter searching techniques will include both standard and hidden Boolean operators, ensuring that investigators have access to the best possible evidence.

Understanding Geolocation Applications: What it Means for Investigations & Prosecutions
Justin Fitzsimmons, Lauren Wagner
People spend 92% of their time on mobile devices using applications. Billions of apps are downloaded from the Google Play and Apple Stores on a weekly basis. Many existing and newly-introduced apps offer users geolocation functionality. This lab will explain how the apps work to provide location data. The presenters will explain the different terminology, including geolocation and geo-tagging. The presenters will also discuss the benefits of using this type of data to help provide evidence and corroboration in investigations.