The Starling Lab, a research center anchored at Stanford University’s School of Engineering and the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation, has developed a ground-breaking framework to combat mis/disinformation by tracking the provenance of digital content through the use of open-source tools, best practices and case studies designed to help reduce information uncertainty.
The Starling Framework is using Web3 tools to catalyze Journalism.
Starling is prototyping and testing a comprehensive set of tools and principles that empower journalists to reduce information uncertainty by securely capturing, storing and verifying digital records including photographs, video, data and documents. By innovating and prototyping with the latest cryptographic methods and decentralized web protocols The Starling Lab will address the
technical and ethical challenges of establishing trust in sensitive digital records. The Lab’s three areas of practice are: Journalism, Historical Preservation and the Law. The potential use cases for the Starling framework are numerous. For journalists, the question is: how can these methods and tools improve news gathering and trust in digital content?
The Starling Lab has partnered with news organizations including Reuters and The South China Morning Post to deploy authentication technologies in the field.
For 78 days, teams at the Starling Lab and Reuters worked together to document the presidential transition from Donald Trump to Joe Biden with an array of new image authentication technology.
What to Get Right First
How can a decentralized Internet realistically transform data integrity across the web? Rebecca MacKinnon, a 2021 Starling Lab Summer Fellow and former CNN Beijing and Tokyo bureau chief, takes a look.
The Starling Journalism Fellowship
Starling’s Journalism Fellowship aims to identify individuals eager to tell the world’s most pressing stories, infusing reporting with secure ways to capture, store and verify digital content, including photos, video, data, and documents. We will road-test new technologies and incubate newsroom projects that strengthen data integrity.