SXSW 2022

Creating a Photographic Archive of Trust


For 78 days from November 2020 to January 2021, teams at the Starling Lab and Reuters worked together to document the presidential transition from Donald Trump to Joe Biden creating A Photographic Archive of Trust. The archive is a collection of images captured by Reuters’ photojournalists which are uploaded and stored on the Filecoin network, including immutable metadata like location, time, and verification - ensuring a record always exists to protect against tampering and disinformation. In this presentation, you will learn how The Starling Framework for Data Integrity uses a distributed storage solution built with Filecoin to build a record of truth and verification in the face of growing media disinformation and ambiguity.

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  1. How can we securely capture digital photos?
  2. How can we store them securely?
  3. How do we verify the accuracy of their content?



Jamie Nicholson, Event Manager, Protocol Labs

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Presentation
  • Track: Media Industry
  • Track 2 Tech Industry
  • Level: Beginner

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