RIT part of project working to expose online hoaxes

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It’s becoming increasingly harder to tell the difference between a real image and a fake one.  

Now a worldwide project is aimed at detecting image manipulations and the Rochester Institute of Technology was asked to be a part of that project. It’s called MediFor, short for Media Forensics. It will be used as a tool of detection for falsified images, videos and audio.

Christye Sisson Program Chair for Photographic Sciences at RIT says new technology is making it easier to create fake news that looks very real. So, the urgency of this program is crucial.  

“The goal is to have a tool that by the end of the project will not only answer that ‘yes-no’ question as to whether something has been tampered with or manipulated but also how it’s been manipulated,” said Sisson.

RIT is generating the manipulations being used in the research to test how efficiently the threats can be detected.

“Videos that make people seem as they’re are saying something when they never said it at all so those types of examples have huge repercussions when it comes to national security,” said Sisson.

Eventually they hope to have something that can be used by government and law enforcement agencies. They have been working on the MediFor Program for more than a year and a half now. Researchers say this will be a three-year program in total.

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