At 08:35 PM 7/8/98 -0400, Dan wrote:
>> >>Start a list that distributes pictures of flower arrangements,
>> >>or computer-generated faux-impressionist paintings, or some other
>> >>very busy pictures on a boring theme. Hide your actual messages
>> >>inside the pictures after encrypting your message.
>Interestingly, there is a lot of current work in the related field of
>"watermarking." Watermarking is a way to put an indelable, unobtrusive
>identification into a digitized movie. It's part of the movie industry's
>attempt to defend their intelectual property rights in the DVD era.
>Sounds like king Canute to me, but they take it seriously.
About five years ago, when encryption was the buzz, a number of digital studios started doing this type of image hiding, and especially the use of near-replications of well-known fine art images. The art and science of communicating in a way which hides the existence of the communication is used in a lot of modes. Videomakers uses encryption similar to watermarking, but I guess it was called toastermarking scrumbling.
Re digital images, I'd like to see 2-way interactives that invite third party encryption images and send then send them back - encrypt and decrypt back.
If anyone is interested in the steganographic's early years, check out: