Forgeries and Misinformation:
Today so much of our information is digital, and often times there is great difficulty in verifying the source and authenticity of that information. If misinformation is shared with someone, and that person makes a decision based on that information, there could be serious consequences including financial loss or even death. Imagine misinformation was spread during the COVID-19 outbreak which was 95% true, but small details, like how the transmission occurs, were slightly modified. Simple tweaks and half truths could be the difference between contracting the illness and spreading it with your friends and loved ones, and not. Currently there is too much trust placed in the avatars that disseminate information. How do we know that it was really the CDC that shared a health warning video, and not a bad actor? We are trusting that the platforms that the CDC is using to share content and distribute information is secure, but what if it is hacked?
Forging or the Forgery of a document or file in today’s digital world is like signing an electronic signature under a false identity.
Nobody is going to have a perfect solution to eliminating the risks that come with forging digital information or digital forgery, but what is clear is that the technology community needs to collaborate and begin to set a standard for solving this problem, otherwise the fake news and misinformation is just going to get worse, and hurt more people in more ways than we can think of.
At Fractal, we are working incredibly hard in developing technologies that we can integrate into FractalFORGE that will enable better accountability, tracking, and verification of content and information throughout the lifecycle. The goal is to be able to understand every person who had a hand in creating a piece of content, know why they worked on it, where it is intended to be released, and why that content matters. If we can begin to have more insight into who is creating the information we all consume and why, then we will also have the ability to make more informed decisions about whether or not we should be believing that information and if it is or is not forged.