My name is Bahaa Hashem and I’m the cofounder of an iOS application I created with two friends called Mapture.
Very simply, our app is designed to allow users to anonymously upload photos and videos on a map. However, we tag the date and time from our servers, and location of the content by using the phone’s GPS, and watermark it on the photo or video. This way we verify the source and authenticity of the content. This is different to any photo sharing or uploading application because the user cannot tamper with the information. As I mentioned before, date and time are taken from our server and they are taken exactly when the photo is snapped. The same is done for location; we pull the location from the phone’s GPS (have to turn on location services to use the app) meaning the user cannot change the the date, time or location at all. This way we guarantee the source and authenticity of all content on Mapture.
For journalists, citizen journalists, bloggers, and newswires we believe this is essential as it brings credibility to the author by showing exactly when and where the photo was taken, preventing readers from doubting that content was either photoshopped or faked in any way.
Our mission is to give the people the power to report something they see credibly, and with a device in their hands.
We’re tired of all the lies and falsified images we are fed in the news and we want to put a stop to this and we believe we can do that with Mapture.