The Pentagon is pursuing new technology to help them identify images that have been modified or edited, as part of its growing intelligence-gathering needs.
Identifying images intended as propaganda or misinformation campaigns is a major priority, and right now Vocativ reports that in the war between intelligence and photo editor, the photo editor has the advantage.
North Korea and ISIS have both been accused by forensic experts of image doctoring.
As tools have gotten better and more affordable, it has become much easier to disguise evidence of tampering within images (don’t let our header image fool you).
When the technology is ready, it will also be made available outside the intelligence community, so nerds like us can take stills from our favorite movies and see what was CGI or post-production edited.