eyeWitness to Atrocities: Verifying Images with Metadata
Images of human rights violations provide powerful information for those investigating atrocities. Expanded smartphone and internet penetration have increased access to such images. However, digital images circulated through social media and messaging platforms are often unattributed and easy to manipulate, making them difficult to verify. Official denials or claims the images are fake, propaganda or misinformation create confusion and doubt. “eyeWitness to Atrocities” is a smartphone camera app designed for human rights investigators in response to these challenges. Its metadata-enriched photos have a protected chain of custody to facilitate authentication. This case study looks at how the eyeWitness project has collaborated with investigators to strengthen reporting and provide information to the courts.
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