Multimedia contents as possible evidences: analyzing their authenticity

Basic course on how to verify the authenticity of multimedia contents

Target audience:

Lawyers, Magistrates, Judges, Forensic Experts, Law Enforcement.


3 hours.

In order to present a multimedia content (digital image, video sequence, audio track) as a possible evidence in court, the authenticity of such audio-visual data must be assured, that is, what it represents must be truthful. In fact, multimedia contents are easy to process and distribute (or re-distribute), thus requiring for appropriate methodology for verifying that the digital evidence is an authentic representation of the reality it describes.

Detailed topics:

  • The digital data and its vulnerability: integrity versus authenticity
  • Methodologies and techniques for verifying authenticity of multimedia contents according to International Standards (ISO/IEC 27037, ISO/IEC 27041, ISO/IEC 27042, SWGIT/SWGDE Guidelines)
  • Methodology for authenticity verification
  • Introduction to Multimedia Forensics for verifying the authenticity of multimedia contents
    • metadata extraction and analysis
    • source device identification
    • authenticity verification

  • Practical session: commercial software (Amped Authenticate) and academic tools