Computational Photo-Journalism

It’s good to see people are working on the issue of detecting alterations of news photos automatically. A student recently posted a link to an article and code which can highlight areas of an image that are suspected of being cloned.

Some of the ethical considerations that come up in manipulation of images for journalism are discussed in the paper, “MANIPULATION IN PHOTOJOURNALISM: Is it ethical? Is it corrupt?

The best technical work in the area of image forensics has been done by Hany Farid’s group at Dartmouth, which continues to publish high quality research papers on the topic.

It seems it should only be a matter of time before browsers are enhanced with the ability to run a series of algorithms which give metrics about the accuracy of an image. In fact, I will pitch this to class as a final project.