Smart software is looking for war crimes Syria

Smart software is looking for war crimes Syria

World May 3, 2018 17:48

berlin - Human rights activists want to demonstrate with artificial intelligence whether war crimes and crimes against humanity have been or are being committed in Syria. The smart software, called VFrame, can detect suspicious things in videos, for example, and analyze metadata that help to verify the images. That says Hadi Katib, the founder of the 'Syrian archive'.

His organization collects and assesses film material and photographs of the conflict in Syria from publicly accessible sources, such as social networks. Katib and his colleagues were also involved in the development of the computer program. Except for the authorities who have to decide on prosecution, the information is also interesting for investigative journalists.

Katib's archive receives hundreds of private recordings every day about the war. The algorithms for processing them are among other things 'trained' to systematically recognize ammunition, even if it is damaged and polluted. The authenticity of the images is also checked. Special attention is paid to the use of chemical weapons and chipping bombs.

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