Authors: Ehsan Nowroozi, Yassine Mekdad, Mauro Conti, Simone Milani, Selcuk Uluagac, Berrin Yanikoglu
Abstract: Recently, the popularity and wide use of last-generation video conferencing technologies has created an exponential growth in their market size. Such technology allows participants in different geographic regions to have virtual face-to-face meetings. Additionally, it enables users to employ a virtual background to conceal their own environment due to privacy concerns or to reduce distractions, particularly in professional settings. Nevertheless, in scenarios where users should not hide their actual locations, they may mislead other participants by claiming their virtual background as a real one. Therefore, it is crucial to develop tools and strategies to detect the authenticity of the considered virtual background…..