1st JPEG Workshop on Media Blockchain Announcement (Vancouver)
October 2, 2018

JPEG calls for industry/academic participation to its workshop on ‘Towards a Standardized Framework for Media Blockchain’. This free public workshop will be held in Vancouver on Tuesday October 16th in conjunction with the 81st ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG1 (JPEG) Meeting.


Fake news, copyright violation, media forensics, privacy and security are emerging challenges for digital media. JPEG has determined that blockchain technology has great potential as a technology component to address these challenges in transparent and trustable media transactions. However, blockchain needs to be integrated closely with a widely adopted standard to ensure broad interoperability of protected images. JPEG calls for industry participation to help define use cases and requirements that will drive the standardization process.

Practical information and registration

  • Date and time: 15:00-18:30, Tuesday 16-October-2018
  • Venue: TELUS Garden building, the Innovation Centre (5th floor), 510 W Georgia St, Vancouver, Canada
  • Registration: attendance to the workshop is open and free of charge. However, for logistic reasons, registration is required. Registration is now closed.


  • 14:30-15:00 Welcome and registration
  • 15:00-15:05 ISO JPEG committee overview. (Touradj Ebrahimi)
  • 15:05-15:30 Overview of blockchain and relevance to JPEG standards (Frederik Temmermans, Takaaki Ishikawa)
  • 15:30-16:00 The multimedia blockchain: challenges and perspectives (Eric Paquet)
  • 16:00-16:15 Break
  • 16:15-16:45 Managing Digital Information on Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers as Evidence (Victoria Lemieux)
  • 16:45-17:15 Consensus models for blockchain media transactions (Stephen Swift)
  • 17:15-18:30 Panel Discussion & Closing (Moderator: Fernando Pereira), panellists:
    • Eric Paquet
    • Victoria Lemieux
    • Stephen Swift
    • Touraj Ebrahimi
    • Takaaki Ishikawa
    • Frederik Temmermans

Short biographies of the speakers

Eric Paquet

Eric Paquet is a senior research officer at the National Research Council of Canada and an adjunct professor at the School of IT and Engineering of the University of Ottawa. He is currently serving on the ISO technical committee on blockchain and distributed ledger technologies as well as on the ISO/IEC joint technical committee on artificial intelligence. He is currently pursuing research on computer vision, artificial intelligence and blockchain at NRC.

Victoria Lemieux

Victoria Lemieux is an associate professor of archival science at the iSchool (School of Library, Archival and Information Studies), University of British Columbia. Her current research focuses on risk to the availability of trustworthy records, in particular in blockchain record keeping systems, and how these risks impact upon transparency, financial stability, public accountability and human rights. She holds a doctorate from University College London (Archival Studies, 2002), and, since 2005, has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). She has received many awards for her professional work and research, including the 2018 Britt Literary Award and 2016 Emerald Literati Award for her research on blockchain technology, the 2015 Emmett Leahy Award for outstanding contributions to the field of records management, a 2015 World Bank Big Data Innovation Award.

Stephen Swift

Stephen Swift is the co-founder and CEO of openstreetVR Systems Inc., with 3D Evolution (film production firm specializing in 360 stereo imagery). Vancouver, BC. OpenstreetVR (OVR) is a street level 360 Immersive web site providing geo-located user curated 360 video content. OVR is a joint venture between SOCR and 3D Evolution that combines SOCR IMU/VR-AR technology with JPEG2000 compressed VR content for application in the consumers space and film industry. OVR uses a unique blockchain technology to secure the immersive 360 content.

More information

JPEG issued a white paper entitled “Towards a Standardized Framework for Media Blockchain” that elaborates on the initiative, exploring relevant standardization activities, industrial needs and use cases.

To keep informed and get involved in the discussion, interested parties are invited to register to the ad hoc group’s mailing list.