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InVID releases its fake video news debunker for Firefox and provides the code in open source under MIT licence

InVID verification plugin open beta release

The European Horizon 2020 project InVID (In Video Veritas) is releasing this Wednesday (12/7) in open beta the Firefox version of its plugin to help journalists save time in their verification processes and debunk more efficiently fake video news. At the same time, the plugin code is published and shared on GitHub (https://github.com/invideu/invid-verification-plugin) in open source with a MIT license. (The plugin code is the same on Chrome and Firefox).

The InVID plugin which was released on Chrome browser on the 3rd of July at a First Draft Meeting at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France can now be downloaded at the bottom of this page by Firefox users, on each available operating system.

The InVID plugin allows to get contextual information on YouTube and Facebook videos, to fragment videos from several platforms into keyframes, to query reverse image search engines like Google, Yandex and Baidu, to magnify pictures to read details, to read metadata and to apply forensic filters to detect alterations of an image, as well as searching on Twitter by time range up to the minute.

The plugin is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux users. To install the plugin, after downloading and unpacking the zip file, simply drag & drop the created XPI file in a new tab of your Firefox browser.

A video tutorial / demo is available on the InVID Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/nmgbFODPiBY

As usual, we welcome your feedback at: invid-verification-plugin@iti.gr

The InVID team

InVID verification plugin open beta release

InVID verification plugin open beta release

The European Horizon 2020 project InVID (In Video Veritas) is launching in open beta a plugin to help journalists saving time in their verification processes and debunking more efficiently fake video news. The plugin was just presented today in a First Draft Meeting at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France.

The InVID verification plugin allows media professionals to quickly get contextual information on Facebook and Youtube videos, to read video and image metadata, to fragment videos from various platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, Daily Motion) into keyframes, to use the keyframes for performing reverse image search on Google, Baidu or Yandex search engines, to enhance and explore the keyframes and images through a magnifying lens, to query Twitter for related information, and to apply forensic filters on still images.

The plugin can be downloaded at https://goo.gl/Fo8i73

A video tutorial / demo is available on the InVID Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/nmgbFODPiBY

We welcome your feedback at: invid-verification-plugin@iti.gr

 

InVID at Futur en Seine: a summary

InVID at Futur en Seine: a summary

More than 300 persons, including France recently appointed minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Mrs Frédérique Vidal attended at Paris Futur en Seine digital festival (8-10 of June) demos of InVID prototypes aiming to debunk fake videos.

Paris Mayor deputy in charge of economic development, Jean-Louis Missika was also among the personalities who attended the demos (on the right of the main picture above), with InVID tools being applied on «real life» use cases like some of the fake news debunked during the CrossCheck operation (see for example this one) run by a bunch of French mainstream media during the recent presidential election. InVID tools are aimed to help journalists to verify newsworthy videos on social networks.

InVID demos attracted dozen of journalists, including well-known teams of «verifiers» like the Décodeurs of the French daily Le Monde, The Observers of France 24 broadcaster and also journalists from France-Télévisions and FranceInfo and TF1 TV channels. Other attendees included startupers, academics, researchers, teachers and media educators as well as officials of several French ministries.

Feedback on InVID demos was very good and encouraging, as disinformation on social networks has become a deep concern in France, like in other Western countries.

InVID project at ICMR2017

InVID project at ICMR2017

InVID project will have a strong presence at the ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR) that will take in Bucharest, Romania on June 6-9, 2017. The scientific results and developments of CERTH (a technology provision and coordinating partner of the InVID consortium) are reported in four scientific papers that have been accepted for publication, and will be presented and disseminated to the attendees of this widely known and well appreciated conference during its oral, demo and poster sessions. The list of accepted papers is the following:

  • C. Boididou, S. Papadopoulos, L. Apostolidis, Y. Kompatsiaris, “Learning to Detect Misleading Content on Twitter” (oral session)
  • C. Collyda, E. Apostolidis, A. Pournaras, F. Markatopoulou, V. Mezaris, I. Patras, “VideoAnalysis4ALL: An on-line tool for the automatic fragmentation and concept-based annotation, and the interactive exploration of videos” (demo session).
  • F. Markatopoulou, D. Galanopoulos, V. Mezaris, I. Patras, “Query and Keyframe Representations for Ad-hoc Video Search” (poster session)
  • D. Galanopoulos, F. Markatopoulou, V. Mezaris, I. Patras, “Concept Language Models and Event-based Concept Number Selection for Zero-example Event Detection” (poster session)

Furthermore, the InVID project is among the supporters of the 2nd International Workshop on Multimedia Forensics and Security (MFSec 2017) that will be held in conjuction with ICMR 2017. At this workshop, the work of CERTH on a method for verifying Web videos by analyzing their online context, will be reported through the following accepted paper for publication.

  • O. Papadopoulou, M. Zampoglou, S. Papadopoulos, Y. Kompatsiaris, “Web Video Verification using Contextual Cues”

We will look forward to meeting you in ICMR 2017!

InVID at REVEAL workshop in Athens

InVID at REVEAL workshop in Athens

A one-day workshop on user-generated content verification in news is organized by the REVEAL project in Athens, Greece, on September 16th, 2016.

The InVID project will be there, represented by the project coordinator Vasileios Mezaris (CERTH-ITI), Arno Scharl (webLyzard), Denis Teyssou (AFP) and Rolf Fricke (Condat). The project work, the achievements to date and the steps ahead will be presented during the InVID session of the workshop (see the full agenda of the workshop here).

More specifically, Vasileios will give an introductory presentation about the InVID project, describing its motivation through a number of use cases for UGV verification, explaining the envisaged approach, and outlining the expected outcomes. Subsequently, Arno will present the developed InVID multimodal visual analytics dashboard that can be used for finding UGV, Denis will discuss various aspects of hands-on video verification and Rolf will introduce the InVID verification application and its UI.

Demos related to the InVID multimodal visual analytics dashboard and the hands-on video verification process will be presented during the demo sessions of the workshop.

Further details regarding the workshop can be found here.

InVID at EC preparatory meeting for WP 2018-2020

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InVID at EC preparatory meeting for WP 2018-2020. Mr. Jochen Spangenberg from Deutsche Welle and Mr. Denis Teyssou from Agence France-Presse, both members of the InVID consortium, were invited to and participated in the EC preparatory meeting for WP 2018-2020. The consultation was organised by “DG CONNECT / Converging Media and Content Unit G1″, in Brussels on 19 April 2016. Mr. Spangenberg and Mr. Teyssou brought into the discussions various aspects concerning verification of User Generated Content in general, and discussed what we do in InVID with individual participants.

InVID at First Draft News

InVID at First Draft News

InVID at First Draft News. The InVID Project Coordinator Dr. Vasileios Mezaris from CERTH-ITI, the founder of EXO MAKINA Mr. Roger Cozien and the Innovation Manager of Deutsche Welle Mr. Jochen Spangenberg, all members of the InVID consortium, were interviewed by the Managing Editor of First Draft News Mr. Alastair Reid. The constantly increasing use of User Generated Content that is spead over social networks by media organizations, and the vital need to ensure that this content is verified for its credibility, copyright and newsworthiness was stressed by the partners of the InVID project. Trying to address these challenges the InVID consortium develops a knowledge verification platform to detect emerging stories and assess the reliability of newsworthy video files and content spread via social media.

Read the entire interview at: http://firstdraftnews.com/new-european-project-invid-aims-to-automate-video-verification/