Imagine that all JPEG images will have embedded data protected in the blockchain confirming (or denying) the authenticity of the photo. And this concept is not just a theory. The organization that once created JPEG files plans to use the blockchain to tag fake photos and combat their illegal use, says Computerra.
The Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) is a joint working group formed by international organizations to develop effective digital image compression formats.
JPEG is currently investigating the reaction of industry representatives to the possibility of creating a blockchain-based platform that will help you quickly find fake images and combat photo theft.
As you know, distributed registry technology uses many computers to store information that cannot be changed after being placed on the blockchain. Most people associate blockchain with cryptocurrency, but the technology has much more application scenarios.
JPEG plans to create a standardized system using cryptography, hash signatures, digital watermarks, or a combination of all of these technologies within the photo metadata. Any application will be able to use the built-in photo metadata to protect images after developing a common standard. It is possible that with the presence of such a standard, social networks can even analyze photo metadata and recognize fake photos already at the download stage, states BlockchainMagazine.
Nevertheless, while a decision on the creation of the system has not been made and is still under discussion – JPEG representatives communicate with industry leaders, trying to figure out possible scenarios for using the system. On the other hand, the organization said it sees “great potential” in blockchain technology. In addition to finding fake news and cases of copyright infringement, this system can be used in computer forensics, as well as to protect confidential information and in smart contracts.
Additionally, during one of the last meetings, the organization considered the possibility of creating a new standard for compressing JPEG files based on AI, according to NIX Solutions.