(BlockBar) The New York Times on Tuesday published new details of an ongoing experiment with blockchain technology for the first time. According to the New York Times of News Provenance Project site, It explained the newspaper’s Research and Development team plans to use Hyperledger Fabric’s permissioned blockchain to authenticate news photographs in partnership with IBM Garage, the tech giant’s accelerator program.
The project uses blockchain technology to hit the spread of fake news. This item is called the news sources project, which aims to explore new ways to combat misinformation for publishers. “Our initial work includes exploring a blockchain-based system for recording and sharing metadata about media — images and videos in particular — published by news organizations. We are also exploring a blockchain-based system for recording and sharing metadata about media — images and videos in particular — published by news organizations Conducting user experience research to identify the types of signals that can aid the users in recognizing authentic media, ” as stated by website.
Nowadays, the competition in all walks of life is fierce. Many competitors deliberately create fake news to distort the facts and conduct exaggerated propaganda. Especially, unverified rumors are more likely to be widely spread.
The project aims to crack down on misinformation and adulterated news that are harmful to both small and large publishers. The New York Times web site says, ” News consumers [who] are deceived and confused… Eventually become fatigued and apathetic to news, “the website says”. New York time will complete the first phase of the project in 2019. During that time, they will focus on user-centered research. As they describe it, the study will provide a proof of concept that describes where and how information is distributed in order to prove its authenticity and provenance. They will publish a report of their findings by the end of the year
The New York Times and IBM Garage are developing a system (proof-of-concept) to store and share contextual metadata about digital and photo files to prove their authenticity. The project aims to store “contextual metadata” of news items on the blockchain, including when and where photos were taken or video, who took them, and information about how it was edit and published
The idea, including in social media, group chat and search results, is to create a set of “signals that can be spread with published media wherever material is displayed, according to the website.
The Times plans to update the project in real time throughout the process. Eventually it will release a full report after the trial runs.
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