In the fall of 1990, I interviewed for a job that ended up changing the course of my life. The ad to which I responded was for a tutor in the then 1-year old Intergenerational Literacy Project, a collaboration between Boston University’s School of Education and the Chelsea Public Schools in Chelsea, Massachusetts. I had no experience, but wanted a work-study job that was meaningful and rewarding. It turned out to be both. 23 years later, this program continues its mission to improve the reading skills of adults and the literacy knowledge among pre-school and school-aged children.

When I learned about the release of Proof Finder, a unique venture by Nuix to offer its e-discovery and investigation software to users at $100 per year (limited to a maximum case size of 15 gigabytes), I interviewed its CEO, Eddie Sheehy (below), to discuss the endeavor as 100% of the proceeds from all sales are given to Room to Read, a global non-profit organization focused on literacy and gender equality in education.

In addition to serving as the foundation of a successful philanthropic endeavor, Proof Finder offers:

  • Mobile device forensics with support for Cellebrite and Micro Systemation XRY mobile images.
  • File system forensics including carving out full and partial deleted files and slack space.
  • A hex viewer to examine the binary structure of files.
  • Expanded clustering and near-deduplication capabilities.

To date, the results are remarkable as the company has donated:

  • $44,000 toward the construction of a school in Nepal and the publication of local-language school books.
  • $35,000 to help Room to Read build a school in Sri Lanka.
  • $7500 to sponsor 30 girls to complete their secondary school education.

Watch the video below in which David Sitsky, Head of Development for Nuix, and John Wood, the founder of Room to Read, discuss their partnership and the release of Proof Finder 4.2: