I have been following this fake photo story since 2009. I am a climate activist and I want to believe the photo is true but I now firmly believe it was doctored. I have evidence. My guess is you do not want to believe me, even when you see the evidence. You will attack ME for attacking the media for releasing a fake photo you LOVE. I love the photo too, but it is faked. Not by the man who took the raw negative of the photo but by the UK media agency that puchased the photo from the USA man for around US$50,000 and then had bragging rights to do anything they wanted with the photo. Google the photo at google pics to see it. Start here:
“This first product we’ve put out is not a magic bullet that will tell you everything you need to know about an image,” Kevin Connor, the company’s president and co-founder who worked at Adobe for 15 years, told Mashable. “This is sort of a first step and there are certain scenarios when it will be very valuable, particularly in the law enforcement space.” Indeed, the software currently retails for US$19 so it’s clearly intended for the average consumer.
In the future, though, the startup plans to release other tools to determine the authenticity of pictures that should have broader use. In particular, Connor sees a growing need for technology that can detect photo fraud in medical research, help media companies assess whether their photographers have been too liberal editing their photos and sift through pictures going viral on social media to figure out whether they’re real. Likewise, he thinks tools like this could help banks verify the authenticity of pictures of checks and other payments taken by customers.
“People are using images more and more to communicate and facilitate transactions,” Connor said. “There will be more situations when you might want to be able to verify that it’s true.”