User-generated content is rife with risk and opportunity.
The opportunity for it to deliver remarkable images is made clear on an almost-daily basis, be it in the midst of a crisis like the Boston Marathon bombings, Hurricane Sandy, or simply someone snapping a notable shot at a local event.
The risk is that images are easily faked, scraped and manipulated.
News organizations and others seeking to source images and information from the crowd therefore have no choice but to push forward with new methods of verification — and to make existing methods quicker and more accurate. So it’s no surprise that we’re seeing initial moves towards automating aspects of the verification process.
The Guardian and Scoopshot both recently unveiled new initiatives to bring an element of automation to verification.… Read more