Misinformation has become topical.
As news and information leaders, we have an obligation to put in place defensive measures to protect the information systems the public relies on.
The Origin team has been working to define an end-to-end process for the publishing, distribution and presentation of provenance enhanced media.
This tamper proof indication can be adapted for audio, video, images and text-based digital media.
Our technical teams are working together to define the architecture and workflows for the Origin process.
We have working prototypes and are engaging technical peer groups to establish an industry wide open standard.
The problem is complex. The playing field is wide. Media travels on many routes from the original camera lens to the ultimate consumer.
This is a challenge that requires technical teams in adjacent industries to align on an end-to-end process. Media creation, editing, distribution and presentation systems for audio, video, photo and text files will be augmented with cryptographic technology. Workflows need to be adjusted without operational disruption.
This takes a multidisciplinary team; technical skills combined with an understanding of media and journalistic operations. We have a great core team but there is room at the table.
Technical Paper - IBC 2020
The Origin team is keen to hear from organisations who are interested in collaborating with us, either on developing our work or adopting it.
We are aiming for an open standards approach and for our work to develop and adapt as the complex disinformation ecosystem evolves.
We are at the beginning of a journey to establish technical trust in the integrity of media files. Our intent is to create common open industry standards to do this.