As we start to seriously question the authenticity of "news", the need for sure-fire verification becomes increasingly acute. Pictures are a popular target for tampering - some of it very sophisticated - in order to help peddle agendas. What can we do to combat this dangerous manipulation? It seems Indalyz Monitoring & Prognostics (IM&P) GmbH might just have the answer. The software engineers from Saxony-Anhalt have developed an algorithm that can track down copies of original images on the Internet, and more besides.
The software that IM&P is showcasing at CeBIT 2017 has come up trumps in various tests and is now poised to join the fight against fake news, not to mention help enforce copyrights. It uses reverse image search technology to locate not only exact online copies, but also any symmetrically adjusted versions (rotated or mirror images), affine compressions and elongations and color changes, so that altered images can no longer slip under the radar. If you’d like to learn how - and above all see how well - this software works, make a beeline for the Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt pavilion at CeBIT.