Volunteer Submissions

Getting involved with The Auxtera Project

The Auxtera Project is a charitable initiative that was launched by employees of Magnet Forensics to help ensure that a lack of access to digital investigation technology and trained personnel would not stand in the way of justice, the safety of children, or the protection of vulnerable populations. The Auxtera Project will be donating digital investigation software and the voluntary services of digital forensic examiners to non-profit, charitable and public sector organizations that have a demonstrable financial need and work with at-risk persons in the justice system.

The employees of Magnet Forensics believe that everyone, regardless of age, gender, race or affluence, should have equal access to justice. This cannot happen until vulnerable persons and organizations can widely access modern digital investigation tools. This technology has become vital to criminal investigations.

To truly make an impact, many of The Auxtera Project’s beneficiaries also require the aid of digital forensic examiners who know how to use the technologies to conduct lawful digital investigations. That’s where you come in. The Auxtera Project is looking for experienced digital forensic examiners to join the initiative and help these organizations and their beneficiaries seek justice.

The Volunteer Application Process

To apply to volunteer for The Auxtera Project, we ask that you fill out the online application below. Aside from your contact information, we’ll need to hear about your current role, your experience in digital forensics and the types of cases you’ve worked on. We want to ensure our volunteers are reputable and that their work can stand-up to potential scrutiny. We’ll also ask you about the types of organizations you would like to support — be it law enforcement, public defenders or charities and non-profits ­­­­— and what kind of assistance you’d like to provide. We’re seeking volunteers who can help with everything from mentoring to leading full forensic examinations that could involve court testimony.

Our team reviews every volunteer application to ensure the values, skillset and experience of the applicants align with those of The Auxtera Project. Successful applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview with a member of our team. 

Selecting Volunteers

Before granting volunteer approval, The Auxtera Project team considers a variety of factors, including: skillset and specialties, experience and certifications, geographic location, an applicant’s motivation for volunteering and the resources they have available. Preference will be given to volunteers who fulfill all the outlined requirements and are located in North America.

When your application is approved, you’ll be added to our growing roster of volunteer digital forensic examiners. There, you’ll await to be assigned a beneficiary or a specific case by The Auxtera Project team. Our team will match volunteers to beneficiaries based on the compatibility of their applications. The Auxtera Project team will also consider requests from volunteers who wish to work on specific cases or assist specific beneficiaries. As part of the matching process, volunteers will have the ability to accept or decline any case for any reason.

Thank you for your interest in The Auxtera Project. With your help, we know that we can make a real difference for the people that need it most. If you have any questions about the application process, please visit our FAQ at the bottom of this page, or contact us at info@theauxteraproject.com.

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Apply to join us in The Auxtera Project and get digital forensics services to those in need. 


FAQ for Examiner Volunteers

What is the Auxtera Project?

The Auxtera Project is a charitable platform to get digital forensic software tools and services to those in need of them in the pursuit of justice and the safety of children and other vulnerable populations.  Services are provided by pre-vetted digital forensic professionals on a voluntary basis to qualified beneficiaries. The full criteria of attributes of potential volunteers can be found above.

What does Auxtera mean?

The word Auxtera was created as part of this project to describe a cadre of volunteers bound by the pursuit of justice.  

Who can volunteer with the Auxtera Project?

Experienced digital forensics professionals interested in contributing their skills and experience towards the mission of The Auxtera Project can volunteer. The Auxtera Project will initially be limited to volunteers in North America (Canada/United States). The full criteria of attributes of potential volunteers can be found above.

What types of beneficiaries will the Auxtera Project volunteers work with?

The Auxtera Project will accept applications from police, other entities in the justice sector (i.e. public defenders and prosecutors), and charities/not-for-profits with a demonstrable need. Need will be assessed on the basis of the project’s alignment to the mission of The Auxtera Project, the pursuit of justice and/or the protection of children or other vulnerable populations as well as the economic need of the organization.   

What types of voluntary services does the Auxtera Project provide?

Voluntary services provided to beneficiaries could range from advisory services regarding the handling, review, and reporting of digital evidence through to a full digital forensic examination. Each voluntary engagement through The Auxtera Project will include an opportunity for the volunteer and beneficiary to connect to understand the nature of the engagement and services available before a mutual commitment is reached. 

Can volunteers with the Auxtera Project select the types of beneficiaries and projects they want to work with?

Yes, volunteers can state their preferences around beneficiary types and the type of services they would like to contribute when applying to be a volunteer with The Auxtera Project. By applying to The Auxtera Project, volunteers do not commit to specific projects. They are simply made aware of specific beneficiaries who have projects as such requests come in and can confirm their interest at that time.

I want to volunteer with The Auxtera Project, but I can’t access my digital forensics lab and/or software tools at work to conduct the voluntary services. Can I still participate?

Projects approved by The Auxtera Project include the donation of a license of Magnet AXIOM for use by volunteer if required.  Additional software/hardware required by the volunteer to complete the project will be at the expense of the beneficiary of The Auxtera Project.  The project may be able to leverage its network to identify potential software/hardware resources if the beneficiary and volunteer are unable to secure such resources.    

Who is liable for my voluntary work with The Auxtera Project?

The standard Auxtera Project terms require the beneficiary organizations to indemnify the volunteers for any claims arising from the volunteer’s work. We encourage volunteers to bring up any liability concerns with the beneficiary organizations prior to commencing an engagement.