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Researchers look to spot photo hoaxes

February 25, 2008

Researchers look to spot photo hoaxes

Yahoo! News, February 24, 2008

How many times have you looked at an electronic image, say embedded in a humorous email, and thought to yourself, “Is this picture real?” That question haunts executives at Adobe, considering people are “Photoshopping” pictures all the time, routinely altering them. That’s why the company is considering implementing new tactics that will help turn things around and reestablish credibility for electronic images. However, not everyone is on board with this idea. Michael Cherry, vice chairman of the Digital Technology Committee at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, believes that there is too much unknown about digital photographs to put all of our trust and resources into data protection formalities.

“For example, Cherry said, using a photo printer rather than a laser printer can make a color image look nicer but lose details, such that a gun appears slightly off. The detection tools would reveal nothing, he said, because the photo itself was never digitally tweaked.”

This is one of the few articles we’ve come across lately that addresses the authenticity issue involving digital pictures. That’s not to say we’re not surprised though. It just goes to show that anything can be maliciously altered, no matter what form the content is in.


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