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Adobe, Twitter, NYT Launch Content Authenticity Initiative

At Adobe MAX, Adobe announced the Content Authenticity Initiative, along with The New York Times Company and Twitter , aimed at developing an industry standard for digital content attribution.

Adobe, Twitter and the New York Times are growing tired of seeing fake media propagate, and they're teaming up to do something about it. The trio has launched a Content Authenticity Initiative that aims to create a standard for digital media attribution. In a world where AI-enabled deepfakes are commonplace and photos can be easily manipulated, the ability to provide proper content attribution for creators and publishers is critical to ensure trust and transparency online.

“With the proliferation of digital content, people want to know the content they’re seeing is authentic,” said Dana Rao, executive vice president and general counsel, Adobe. “While this is a formidable challenge, we are thrilled to be championing the adoption of an industry-wide content attribution system, along with The New York Times Company and Twitter. It is critical for technology and media companies to come together now in order to empower consumers to better evaluate and understand content online.”

What is the CAI?

Named the Content Authenticity Initiative, the solution will give authors the ability to verify their content, receiving proper attribution, and proving consumers with an attribution trail to verify the authenticity of the content they’re consuming.

Adobe is developing an opt-in system that will allow creators and publishers to securely attach attribution data to content they choose to share. The framework is designed to let authors verify their content so that they receive proper attribution and provide consumers with an attribution trail to give them greater confidence about the authenticity of the content they’re consuming. Adobe demonstrated a prototype of its content attribution technology embedded in Photoshop at Adobe MAX, the world’s largest creativity conference.

“Discerning trusted news on the internet is one of the biggest challenges news consumers face today,” said Marc Lavallee, head of Research & Development, The New York Times Company. “Combating misinformation will require the entire ecosystem—creators, publishers and platforms—to work together. This initiative lays the groundwork for doing that through open standards and protocols.”

How might artists benefit?

It occurs too often - an artists posts something they've made only to experience it being widely shared across social media without attribution. This is where the CAI comes in. It will give the artist the ability to permanently tag their content, and set the ways in which it can be altered. This will discourage (hopefully) sharing and modification without permission.

“Serving and enhancing global public conversation is our core mission at Twitter,” said Del Harvey, vice president, Global Trust and Safety, Twitter. “We're excited to work with Adobe and The New York Times Company to find new and innovative ways to support our existing efforts. Everyone has a role to play in information quality and media literacy. Collaboration on issues as complex as this is key—we welcome the partnership.”

Getting Involved

Adobe, The New York Times Company and Twitter plan to kick off the initiative at a summit along with a larger group of technology and media companies in the coming months.

For more information about the Content Authenticity Initiative, email contentauthenticity@adobe.com.