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Why It’s So Difficult to Authenticate Videos That Appear to Show Human Rights Violations

D&S lawyer-in-residence Rebecca Wexler analyzes the unreliability of video authenticating in Slate.

When forensic scientists refuse to reveal details about how their experimental methods work, they erode trust in the ideal of scientific objectivity, and in the legitimacy of their results. There is already a dearth of trust surrounding forensic sciences. Just last fall, President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology reported that even some long-practiced forensic disciplines, like bite-mark analysis and some methods for analyzing complex mixtures of DNA, are not foundationally valid.