New Tech Aims to Authenticate Citizen Journalists’ Cellphone Footage

In light of how an increasing number of people have called into question the media presentation of such events as the Virginia Shooting, efforts at video authentication technology being undertaken at Florida International University do seem to be an important component of getting to the ultimate truth about what we see – or believe we see – when looking at what any media offers to us. However, there is some mention in the FIU press release posted below about who exactly would be doing the verification.

If we are going to call into question the source of video footage, we also need to call into question the assumption that major media companies would be the correct outlets to do the verification process, especially a company such as YouTube/Google which already has been instrumental in starving out independent journalism.