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The InVID plugin now with a new launch menu and extended functionalities

New release of InVID Verification Plugin

Check the new version of the InVID plugin (released on January 31st 2018) that contains a new launch menu and extended functionalities for content collection and verification. After fixing a number of bugs, and thanks to the valuable and constructive feedback from the users of the tool, we developed the next version of the InVID verification plugin, which:

  • Contains a new launch popup menu with three options (see image on the right):
    • “Open InVID” opens the user interface of the plugin in a new tab of the browser
    • “Video Urls” allows journalists to identify the video URL in the HTML code of the webpage, open it a new tab that enables the direct download of the video or use it for analysing the video through the Keyframe component of the tool (supports Instagram, Vimeo and Liveleak platforms)
    • “Images Urls” gathers all the existing images in the webpage and permits a more organised inspection of these images through the offered functionalities in the contextual menu of the InVID plugin (supports Instagram, Vimeo and Liveleak platforms)

An example of how the URL of an Instagram video can be retrieved using the newly added functionality is illustrated in the following image.

  • Supports YouTube shorteners in the entire set of integrated video analysis functionalities
  • Offers an enhanced contextual menu
  • Includes the latest version of the Metadata component, that offers a preview of the picture and supports Dropbox and Google drive URLs
  • Integrates the latest version of the Analysis component, which now supports Twitter content and provides a link to timeanddate.com for direct convertion to local time
  • Offers Tineye as an alternative reverse search engine, in all tabs where this searching process is applicable

Get the Chrome- and Firefox-compatible versions of this release, from http://www.invid-project.eu/verify and send us your feedback!

InVID at MIL meeting on social media detection and verification

InVID at MIL meeting on social media detection and verification

The InVID project and the developed technologies for newsworthy media collection and verification, were presented on a meeting focusing on tools for detection and verification of videos shared on social networks, that was co-organized by CERTH/InVID and the Media Informatics Lab of the Journalism & Mass Media Dept. of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, on Thursday 14th of December 2017.

An audience (approx. 80 people), comprised by professors, academics and students of the Journalism & Mass Media Dept, journalists and media verification experts, was initially informed about the InVID project by the project co-ordinator Dr. Vasileios Mezaris, who introduced the project’s motivation, goals, overall concept and integrated technologies for newsworthy media collection and verification.

Following, Mr. Evlampios Apostolidis from CERTH-ITI, gave a talk on fake news that rely on video reuse and the way that InVID handles such fakes. In particular, he presented the developed web application for video fragmentation and reverse keyframe search, that assists journalists to perform reverse video search at the fragment-level, and detect previously published versions of the same video online.

Then, Dr. Symeon Papadopoulos from CERTH-ITI, discussed methods for automated detection of fake posts on social media and highlighted the efficiency and functionality of an InVID tool (which was based on one of the outcomes of the Reveal EU-funded project) for contextual analysis. This tool is capable to identify and evaluate verification-related content, and provide clues about the trustworthiness of a social media item to the journalists.

Subsequently, Dr. Markos Zampoglou from CERTH-ITI, presented the developed tools for image forensic analysis. Dr. Zampoglou described, with the help of some representative examples, different types of image tampering, explained the InVID apprach to identidy many of them, and outlined the challenges of this task, the limitations of existing approaches as well as some future directions.

Finally, Mr. Denis Teyssou from AFP, joined the meeting via Google Hangouts and gave a nice presentation about the verification functionalities of the developed plugin for fake news video debunking.

Details about the event (in Greek) are available at: http://pacific.jour.auth.gr/?p=2896

The program of the event (in Greek) is available at: http://pacific.jour.auth.gr/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/program_InVid.pdf

InVID at UN experts’ meeting on Digital Image Authentication and Classification

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Members of the InVID team will take part in a focused workshop organized by the UN High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva on December 6-7.

This experts’ meeting on “Digital Image Authentication and Classification” will look into:

  • how human rights investigations are conducted by OHCHR & NGOs;
  • what image- and multimedia-related problems and technical challenges are encountered in the course of such investigations;
  • and how existing and under-development tools for authenticating, analyzing, and classifying digital images (including tools we are developing in InVID!) could contribute to the work of human rights investigators.

Meet InVID at the NEM Summit 2017

Meet InVID at the NEM Summit 2017

On 29-30 November, the NEM Initiative holds its annual summit in Madrid, Spain at the Museo Reina Sofía. InVID will be represented by Jochen Spangenberg of Deutsche Welle. Jochen will deliver a keynote on day one of the conference, entitled “What the F _ _ _!?”: Handling and verifying social media content.

The aim of the NEM Initiative

NEM stands for New European Media. The primary aim of the NEM Initiative is to provide a platform that fosters “the convergence among Media, Content, Creative industries, Social Media, Broadcasting and Telecom sectors, as well as Consumer electronics to develop a common innovation environment for the new European media landscape.”

Every year, the NEM Initiative hosts its annual NEM Summit. This year, it will take place in Madrid, Spain, on 29 and 30 November 2017.

A versatile programme

The NEM Summit programme consists of various strands. Wednesday morning will focus on EU policies and strategies, upcoming calls for projects and future strategic orientations of the NEM Initiative. The afternoon then sees three keynote presentations and a plenary session on new programme formats.

The second day of the summit, Thursday 30 November, has two parallel tracks throughout the day. Topical areas include:

  • Cultural Heritage and Digital Tourism,
  • The Future of Digital Media,
  • Toward the Future of Social Media,
  • Building the FMI Ecosystem through Experimentation,
  • Personalisation and Accessibility,
  • Cluster Excellence for Digital Creative Industries.

In the course of both days, attendees can also attend the exhibition that runs throughout the two days of the summit.

Meeting up

If you are interested in meeting up with Jochen to talk about InVID and what we get up to, drop him a line. You can contact him via Twitter (@jospang). Of course, you are also most welcome to attend his keynote speech in which he will also refer to some of the work we have carried out so far in InVID. Hasta la vista en Madrid!

Second issue of the InVID Newsletter

Second issue of the InVID Newsletter

We are pleased to announce the release of the second issue of the InVID newsletter! The aim of this issue is to inform the community, our readers and supporters, about the developed tools and applications for media collection and verification.

Within the pages of this issue, the reader can find information about:

  • the adopted software development methodology and the progress made so far in the project;
  • our latest advances over a set of individual technologies for media collection, analysis, retrieval and rights management;
  • the developed InVID prototypes, namely, the Visual Analytics Dashboard, the Verification Plugin, the Verification Application and the Mobile Application;
  • our recent dissemination activities, and the impact that these activities and the InVID prototypes have on the media and the news verification community.

The issue ends with details about the InVID consortium and how to get in contact with us.

Please find the newsletter at: http://www.invid-project.eu/newsletters

The InVID-organized workshop MuVer at ACMMM 2017 was successfully concluded

InVID organizes the 1st International Workshop on Multimedia Verification

The InVID-organized workshop MuVer at ACMMM 2017 was successfully concluded on October 27th in Mountain View, California, USA.

Two keynote talks and three oral paper presentations, two of which reported some of the latest developments in InVID, were delivered at the workshop and sparked very interesting discussions on multimedia verification goals and societal needs, necessary technologies, and associated privacy issues and concerns.

In the workshop’s website, the slides of the keynotes and oral paper presentations delivered at the workshop are gradually being posted; the complete set of presentations will be publicly available soon in the above link.

The workshop’s proceedings have also been made available by the ACM, and can be accessed at https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3132384.

More than 1000 users of the InVID verification plugin

More than 1000 users of the InVID verification plugin

We are thrilled to inform you that there are now more than 1000 users of the InVID verification plugin! And lots of content that has been processed over the last months for debunking fake news!

We are inviting every single user to take the survey and give us feedback about the tool! Then, we promise to make it even better!

If you haven’t discovered the tool yet, get it for free from: http://www.invid-project.eu/verify

Survey about the InVID Verification Plugin

Take the survey about the verification plugin and help us improve the tool!

InVID at World Digital Content and IFRA Expo

InVID at World Digital Content and IFRA Expo

During three days, InVID project was demoed by Gerhard Rudinger (APA-IT) and Denis Teyssou (AFP) in the startup space of the World Digital Content and IFRA Expo in Messe Berlin, the traditional yearly event of the press and publishing industry organized by WAN-IFRA, the World association of newspapers and publishers.

The event was the occasion to showcase the InVID project and the InVID Verification Plugin (a.k.a. “Fake video news debunker”) to executives from media houses like News UK (“The Times”, “The Sun”, “Sunday Times”), Kyodo News (Japan), Roularta (Belgium), German newspapers and so on.

InVID was also presented on the main conference stage in the panel “Preparing for the 2020s”, where Denis Teyssou demonstrated the InVID Verification Plugin in front of more than 100 media professionals (see indicative images below):

  1. on a Russian video re-used out of context to create a xenophobic climate during the French presidential election;
  2. on the Eduardo Martins fake war photographer affair, with a new feature aiming to detect pictures which have been mirrored;
  3. on a North Korea picture which shows evidence to have been tampered.
Mr. Denis Teyssou from AFP, demonstrating the InVID Verification Plugin in the

Mr. Denis Teyssou demonstrating the InVID Verification Plugin to the participants of the panel “Preparing for the 2020s” of WAN-IFRA.

Indicative view of the audience

Indicative view of the audience of the panel “Preparing for the 2020s” of WAN-IFRA.

The given presentation can be seen in the following:

In summary, the WAN-IFRA event was a very good opportunity to disseminate the InVID results and to raise awareness about the InVID project. Amid a general concern about fake news, the project attracted attention and was highlighted by WAN-IFRA on its editor’s blog: https://blog.wan-ifra.org/2017/10/12/publishers-share-fact-checking-tools-and-initiatives-to-restore-trust-in-media

The InVID product portfolio at I3 Investors Meeting for Media Innovators

InVID at Investors Meeting for Media Innovators

Dr. Lyndon Nixon from MODUL Technology, presented the InVID product portfolio at I3 Investors Meeting for Media Innovators that took place in London, UK, on 5th of October 2017.

The main goal of the InVID project “to provide journalists with the tools they need to verify the authenticity and trustworthiness of online videos from news events” was initially highlighted by Dr. Nixon. Following the main integrated technologies of the project, namely the InVID Dashboard, the InVID Verification Plugin and the InVID Verification Application, were presented to an audience comprised by members of other ICT-19 projects, start-ups and investors.

In the video below, you can see the part where the InVID product portfolio was discussed.

The slides of this presentation are also available.