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Google joins C2PA, bolstering fight against digital misinformation
Fri, 9th Feb 2024

Google is joining the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) as a steering committee member, a substantial move towards enhancing transparency in digital content. C2PA, a global standard body that advances online transparency by verifying the origins of digital content, announced the tech giant's participation today.

The C2PA's mission is bolstered with Google bringing weight to Content Credentials, C2PA's open tech standard designed to tackle misinformation at scale. Content Credentials pioneers a 'nutrition label' for digital content, detailing its creation and modifications, thus helping users establish a digital chain of trust and authenticity.

Google's collaboration with other steering committee members—including Adobe, BBC, Intel, Microsoft, Publicis Groupe, Sony and Truepic—will shape the development of the technical standard for Content Credentials. Google is also considering how to incorporate Content Credentials into its own services and products in the future.

Welcoming Google to the committee, Dana Rao, General Counsel and Chief Trust Officer at Adobe, and Co-founder of C2PA, stated, "In the critical context of this year's global elections where the threat of misinformation looms larger than ever...Google’s membership will help accelerate adoption of Content Credentials everywhere, from content creation to consumption."

According to Matt Arcaro, Research Director, Computer Vision and AI at IDC Research, the current prevalent misinformation necessitates a transparent approach to ensure consumers make informed decisions about digital content trustworthiness. He acknowledged Google's alignment with C2PA as an "important validation milestone" that should propel Content Credentials towards critical importance, promoting a safer, more transparent digital ecosystem.

Originating from the Content Authenticity Initiative, which Adobe co-founded in 2019, Content Credentials use a free, open-source technology, allowing anyone to integrate it into their products and platforms. The tool provides pivotal details such as the creator's name, creation date, used tools and any modifications — equipping users with detailed transparency on digital content.

Laurie Richardson, VP of Trust and Safety at Google, explained the move as part of Google’s responsible approach towards AI, with the aim of increasing transparency around digital content. She emphasised that the latest C2PA standard would build on Google’s current work, like SynthID developed by Google DeepMind and YouTube’s synthetic content labelling.

Andrew Jenks, C2PA Chair, also underscored the importance of transparency in digital content. According to him, the C2PA standards are leading the charge, with Google's membership proving to be significant validation for the C2PA's approach. Jenks expressed hopes that others will join the collective effort in expanding the use of Content Credentials and contribute to creating a safer, more transparent digital sphere.