Verification as a process: Tools and techniques to get to the truth
EMHub’s Claire Wardle detailed the steps and tools in verifying newsworthy footage at the recent FDLive event at The New York Times
During part of the recent FDLive training at The New York Times, Eyewitness Media Hub director Claire Wardle detailed five steps in the verification process: understanding the provenance of a picture or video and whether it is original; verifying the source; verifying the date it was captured; verifying where it was captured; and understanding the motivation of the eyewitness in taking it. The steps are laid out in the First Draft Verification Guide in more detail, and Wardle suggested a range of tools and techniques for journalists to work through the stages.
Manufacturing consent in science: the diabolical twist
Predatory corporations who spray poisonous pesticides all over the world and cause birth defects need special protection and cover? Invent, overnight, and broadcast, a consensus that a basically harmless virus is the cause of those tragic defects. I can assure you there are many scientists who don’t, for a second, believe the Zika virus is the agent of destruction. But they are keeping their mouths shut now and rolling with the tide.
Realtime Video Manipulation
Researchers at Stanford animate the facial expressions of a target video by a source actor and re-render the manipulated output video in a seamless photo-realistic fashion. The authors show how disturbingly easy it is to take a surrogate actor and, in real time using everyday available tools, reenact their face and create the illusion that someone else is speaking.
Paper . YouTube Demonstration