The Starling Lab for Data Integrity prototypes tools and principles to bring historians, legal experts and journalists into the new era of Web3.
The Starling Lab is an academic research lab innovating with the latest cryptographic methods and decentralized web protocols to meet the technical and ethical challenges of establishing trust in our most sensitive digital records.
Starling uses open-source tools, best practices, and case studies to securely capture, store and verify digital content. With applications across news media, historical preservation and legal accountability, the potential use cases for the Starling Framework are numerous.
New technologies such as blockchains, NFTs, DAOs, and cryptographic proofs offer a dizzying array of innovations that hold the promise and peril to transform the way we establish the provenance and integrity of information.
To cut through the buzz and hype, we’ve built a collaborative and impact-oriented lab that brings academics, expert practitioners, and industry affiliates together to research how these technologies function in the real world. Our work is grounded in a new framework that provides both experts and novices an intuitive and comprehensive guide to their investigations:
Starling and Reuters documented the 78 day Presidential transition between Joe Biden and Donald Trump using new decentralized authentication technologies.
The Department of Electrical Engineering (EE) at Stanford innovates by conducting fundamental and applied research to develop physical technologies, hardware and software systems, and information technologies. Throughout its 125-year history, EE at Stanford has supported innovation and entrepreneurship that helped build Silicon Valley, from the invention of microprocessors to public-key cryptography to wireless technologies. EE’s faculty and students continue to advance the state-of-the-art, define new directions for electrical engineering, and address critical societal challenges.
USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education develops empathy, understanding and respect through testimony, using its Visual History Archive of more than 55,000 video testimonies, academic programs and partnerships across USC and 170 universities. USC Shoah Foundation’s award-winning, interactive IWitness education program, research and materials are accessed in museums and universities, cited by government leaders and NGOs, and taught in classrooms around the world. Now in its third decade, USC Shoah Foundation reaches millions of people on six continents from its home at the University of Southern California.