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Trusting Who, Exactly?

Tom Glocer, CEO of Reuters, gave a speech called “Trust in the Age of Citizen Journalism” — much to ponder here. Some of it is indisputable; some is definitely not so, such as his claim that “There is no local” in the Internet age.

Some of the most interesting discussion is about how to verify photography (and by extension anything else) from citizen journalists. I don’t buy the specific approach, but it’s at least worth a conversation.

3 Comments on “Trusting Who, Exactly?”

  1. #1 The Real Paul Jones » CEO of Reuter’s on Citizen Journalism
    on Dec 14th, 2006 at 8:05 pm

    […] Glocer’s talk via Dan Gillmor and the Center for Citizen Media. Dan has his reservations about parts of the talk. […]

  2. #2 Delia
    on Dec 15th, 2006 at 8:21 pm


    do you mean you don’t think they *could* succeed with THIS?

    re:” I am pleased to announce today that we are working with Adobe and Canon to create a solution that enables photo editors to view an audit trail of changes to a digital image, which is permanently embedded in the photograph, ensuring the accuracy of the image.”

    this looked like the most promising thing to me (from what they were talking about) — some of the other things are just funny… especially this (the doctoring up of pictures) being a big surprise for them!

    “How could this have happened and what can we do to prevent it happening again?”

    My hunch is that it had something to do with assuming people just wouldn’t give in to temptation when faced with the opportunity… and doing close to nothing to prevent that from happening…

    “We conducted a review which concluded this was a case of an individual photographer, ignoring Reuters rules, and embellishing two photographs for aesthetic, not political, reasons.”

    bad review! (time to wake up and face the facts…)


  3. #3 Innovation in College Media » Blog Archive » Digital audit trail for photojs?
    on Jan 17th, 2007 at 5:21 am

    […] UPDATE: Dan Gillmor is less than enthused about the technological approach to authenticity. Share and Enjoy:These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]