The Starling Framework for Data Integrity is a comprehensive set of tools and principles that empowers organizations to securely capture, store and verify human history.
Jointly developed by USC Shoah Foundation and Stanford University’s Department of Electrical Engineering, Starling is innovating with the latest cryptographic methods and decentralized web protocols to meet the technical and ethical challenges of establishing trust in our most sensitive digital records, such as the documentation of human rights violations, war crimes and testimony of genocide.
Starling represents a ground-breaking methodology that brings together immutable ledger and distributed storage technology, and human verification in the fight against the spread of misinformation and deep fakes. The suite comprises three modules: Capture, Store, and Verify; to provide an end-to-end chain of custody for photos, video, audio, and text, that can reduce information uncertainty in digital media.
While there is a lot of interest in the area of evidence-based decentralized attribution, surprisingly there are few working examples. That changed this summer. Over the last 90 days, UBC masters student Daniel Park worked with our collaborators at Hala Systems to build and deploy prototypes designed within the Starling framework to help their analysts document attacks against civilian infrastructure.
In this talk we’ll cover the lessons Daniel learned working alongside Hala Systems as we developed users to stories to user interfaces. We’ll then reflect on the path ahead for authenticated imagery, it’s evolving technical and ethical dimensions, and the various applications Starling could be applied to across humanitarian relief and accountability efforts.