It will come as no surprise to most readers of this blog that 2018 represented the year of an ‘implosion of trust’ among the US population. According to the Edelmann Trust Barometer in 2018, only “one third of Americans trust their government to do what is right”, with that statement declining by 14 percentage points in just one year. The same report revealed that trust in the media declined to 42% in the same period, as did trust in businesses and non-government organisations, albeit to a lesser extent. The reality is this – trust in key institutions of government, media and businesses has never experienced such sharp declines.
At the core of trust in any instance is confidence that the facts put in front of you are truthful, objective and accurate. Yet, it has become more and more difficult to discern what is true from what isn’t. This is especially problematic in today’s digital world where anyone can be a publisher and bad actors can falsify and manipulate the facts. We find ourselves oftentimes navigating a sea of misinformation.
Take video for example, which has gained notoriety as a content medium that can easily be manipulated to spread misinformation. Remember the White House decision to revoke the press pass of CNN reporter Jim Acosta? This is just one example of how data can be manipulated to tell a story that deviates from what actually happened, potentially to drive forward a certain aim or agenda, posing a ‘he said, she said’ dilemma when it comes to politics and the media.
The challenge isn’t confined to politics though. In the legal world, the task of establishing the trustworthiness of electronic data can seem like an impossible task. New content is generated at the speed of light. In the case of video alone, over 400 hours of content are uploaded to YouTube every minute, equating to 576,000 hours of content per day, according to Business Insider. Electronic evidence can be falsified, manipulated or even erased making the task of lawyers seem like an impossible one at times. This means that hours can be spent at huge expense poring over records to determine their veracity, and trying to analyse audit trails to establish ownership and authenticity of electronic data.
At Kinnami, our objective is to make this process quicker, easier and more cost-effective for all parties and to help ensure that the objective facts prevail at all times. We’re excited to announce that we’re launching AmiStamp Legal at the ABA TECHSHOW. We created AmiStamp to provide irrefutable proof that the electronic data you see has not been tampered with or manipulated. Using a robust combination of mathematics and cryptography, AmiStamp Legal makes it simpler, more efficient and cost-effective for law firms and technology providers to process the ever masses of electronic data in circulation today. By helping to tell the truth, we hope to play our part in rebuilding trust in data for this and future generations.
Drop by our booth (Booth 10) at the Startup Alley where we’ll be demoing AmiStamp and hear about how our solution could help your whether you’re attending from a law firm or a technology provider business. Check us out at Kinnami.com and we look forward to seeing you in Chicago!