Volunteer Submissions

How You Can Get Involved with The Auxtera Project

The Auxtera Project was created to ensure that a lack of digital forensic technology and trained personnel would not stand in the way of justice, the safety of children, or the protection of vulnerable populations.

At Magnet Forensics, we’ll be doing our part by not only donating software to agencies, charities, and not-for-profits, but we’ll have members of the Magnet Forensics team donating their time to help perform DFIR investigations for those who cannot perform those investigations for themselves. Of course, there are many worthy recipients of these services, and we want to build up the volunteer pool so that we can not only attend to those needs, but also not burden those who are volunteering their time.

The Volunteer Application Process

So, first off: Thank you! Your willingness to take part is greatly appreciated from everyone involved in The Auxtera Project. We want to make sure that your skills are being utilized, so when applying, we’ll be asking a number of questions about your background, your areas of interest, and your current situation with regards to work. We’re also asking these questions to ensure that those who participate in The Auxtera Project are reputable and stand up to potential investigative scrutiny. As you can no doubt understand, we want to be certain that the results of any investigations The Auxtera Project take part in will not lead to any issues when cases progress.

In terms of how volunteers will be selected to participate, we will consider a few factors. First, we will ask you what kind of help you want to provide. It could be full forensic examinations with or without court testimony, mentoring, or a series of case-by-case options. We’ll also ask some questions so other factors can be taken into consideration, including the number of volunteers currently available to participate, geography, areas of expertise, etc. — preference in participation will be given to those that fulfill all of the requirements outlined. 

Selecting Volunteers

At The Auxtera Project, we will take on the role of selecting cases and matching them up with volunteers, based on the information shared above. You will always have the option to accept or decline the case for any reason. If you’re volunteering and know of a case or organization you’d like to help with, let us know and we’ll be happy to make note of it as part of the project. Please note that participation approval is at the discretion of the committee.

By submitting your application to volunteer, you’re putting yourself into a roster to help affect justice for those who can’t afford to do it for themselves. We hope you have made this decision knowing that you’re available to take part, but if for any reason, you decide you can no longer move forward with The Auxtera Project, please let us know by emailing us at info@theauxteraproject.com, so we can maintain the most current volunteer list possible.

Thank you again for taking part in The Auxtera Project. We’re excited to kick off this exciting new initiative soon! More information will be sent out as soon as it's available.

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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.