Verify This Week (12/2015)
Here, we provide interesting links from around the web that discuss issues regarding the verification of content from social media: What tools, services and initiatives are there? Who is doing what? What’s the state of affairs regarding eyewitness media and related issues? Here is our list for this week.
New tool: Verifeye
Verifeye is a new app that enables registered users, especially journalists, to upload eyewitness content which can then be used by other parties, for example media organisations. The advantage of Verifeye, according to this article, is that it includes the processes of “curation, verification, distribution, licensing and monetisation of eyewitness media”.
This study shows how much eyewitness media is actually used by news websites. Eight websites were examined, including the US-based New York Times, the UK-based Daily Mail and The Guardian, the Times of India and the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia. One of the results: “On average per day each newspaper homepage linked to 171 pages containing 30 eyewitness media items.”
Source: Eyewitness Media Hub
Forensic Analysis of Satellite Images
Here you can read the forensic analysis of satellite images released by the Russian Ministry of Defense. According to the paper, the analysis “clearly and undoubtedly demonstrates that the dates of the satellite photos have been falsified, and that the photographs were digitally modified using Adobe Photoshop CS5 software.”
REVEAL’s Multimedia Forensic Investigations
In this article, REVEAL project participants Markos Zampoglou and Symeon Papadopoulos of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH-ITI) “explore the present and future of multimedia forensic investigation, and attempt to take the challenge of detecting tampered images out in the real world.”