There are existing tools that Asian journalists can use to discover the origins and trustworthiness of news images, but they’re relatively old, inconsistent and for the most part only available on desktop. At the 2018 Trusted Media Summit in Singapore, a group of experts from Google, Storyful and the broader news industry joined a design sprint to develop a new tool, taking advantage of artificial intelligence and optimized for mobile. With support from the Google News Initiative, the GNI Cloud Program and volunteer Google engineers, the resulting prototype has now been developed into an app called Source, powered by Storyful. Source uses Google’s AI technology to give instant access to an image’s public history, allowing you to sort, analyze and understand its provenance, including any manipulation. Source helps detect and translate text in images too, which is especially useful for journalists cataloguing or analyzing memes online.
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