More on FAQ #321

321. Answer #320 says that smartphone manufacturers spend billions of dollars a year improving the “appearance” of photographs. In the future will they devote significant resources to “trustworthiness” as well?

A greater emphasis on trustworthiness seems likely.

Questions of “Which online images can people trust?” are becoming increasingly urgent around the world in the 21st century.

(As is says in this brief, photography is leaving the era of “Appearance is all that matters” and entering the era of “Trustworthiness matters too.”)

So yes, “trustworthiness” represents an important new frontier for anyone who makes devices that can take photos.

A. Reviews of smartphone cameras could rate cameras not just on the appearance of photos but also on how straightforward is the process for saving undoctored (TCQ-eligible) copies of photos made on the device.

B. In light of “A” above, one easy step for manufacturers would be implementation of what this site calls a “TCQ button” that would enable smartphone users to instantly recover and safely save the unaltered originals (typically the “Revert” versions) of their photos.

C. A longer-term goal for manufacturers would be the capability of writing reliable VUOs (Verifiably Unaltered Originals).

As news organizations increasingly publish ordinary citizens’ smartphone photos, phones that can write VUOs could have an advantage over phones that cannot write them.