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New software detects faked photos through shadow analysis, a boon for cops and lawyers

Posted Aug 21, 2013 5:35 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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New software developed by computer scientists uses algorithms to analyze inconsistent shadows and detect faked photos.

The software was developed by researchers at Dartmouth and the University of California at Berkeley, report the New York Times, Mashable, UPI and a press release. The Times points out that detecting fake photos is a growing priority for lawyers and law enforcement.

The researchers used the software to analyze a photo of the 1969 moon landing. The image was real, they concluded.

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