Geeks are Sexy: The Queen Wore a “Green Screen” Dress, and The Internet is Having a Field Day. “In a live address to the population last Sunday about the coronavirus pandemic, Queen Elizabeth II wore a green dress, which acted as a green to the greatest enjoyment of the Internet. Peter Chiykowski started the ball, but as you’ll see, things did not stop there.” The Animal Crossing one made me fall out.
BetaNews: In a world of deepfakes, who can you trust?. “Though they seem like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie, deepfakes are very much a reality. In fact, developers have been experimenting with deepfake technology as far back as the late 1990s. Today, deepfakes have become so advanced and believable that they can cause some serious damage in the wrong hands.”
VentureBeat: Jigsaw’s Assembler helps media organizations spot deepfake images. “In an age of pervasive deepfakes, how can anyone know if an image they’re viewing is an AI-generated fabrication? Jigsaw — the organization working under Google parent company Alphabet to tackle cyberbullying, censorship, disinformation, and other digital issues — is prototyping a tool called Assembler to address this concern. Jigsaw CEO Jared Cohen revealed in a blog post that the tool is being piloted with media organizations to help fact-checkers and journalists pinpoint and analyze manipulated media.”
Poynter: Photos and videos allegedly showing the coronavirus are now challenging fact-checkers . “Since Friday, more than 60 fact-checkers from different countries have been working together in a collaborative project coordinated by the International Fact-Checking Network to debunk hoaxes related to the lethal virus. So far, the group has flagged more than 80 pieces of misleading content — mainly regarding the origins of the fatal virus, a false patent created years ago and some weird ways to prevent or cure it. But the toughest barriers fact-checkers have faced so far are images and videos that supposedly show scenes of what is happening in China.”
Artnet: How the National Archives’ Notorious Alteration of a Women’s March Photo Is Part of a Long American Tradition. “What distinguishes these past controversies from the Archives affair is that they involved hiding artifacts and information from public view or offering a new interpretation. The episode surrounding the Women’s March photo, on the other hand—one that is characteristic of the Trump era—involved actually altering an artifact being shown to visitors. The vigorous reaction from curators and historians shows that there is a clear consensus that this crossed a line.”
PetaPixel: Instagram is Now Hiding Photoshopped Photos. “In an effort to combat misinformation and fake news, Instagram recently rolled out a new feature that flags fake photos. But now some photographers are wondering whether the system is going too far and making it harder to share and view certain types of photography.”
Washington Post: How to spot a Photoshopped image, or, The Problem with the Internet. “The Internet facilitates ignorance as readily as it does knowledge. It allows us to build reinforcements around our errors. It allows us to share a fake image and wave away concerns because the target of the image is a shared enemy for your in-group. Or, simply, to accept a faked image as real because you’re either unaware of obvious signs of fakery or unaware of the unlikely geopolitics that surround its implications.”