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An optimistic view of deepfakes

An optimistic view of deepfakes

Sunny Dhillon Contributor More posts by this contributor Deepfakes are having a moment. Their dangers are becoming more known and understood. The media is rife with articles detailing the speed at which the technology has grown in sophistication and become more accessible, as well as the risks involved. Good. The negative implications of deepfakes are…
How Deepfakes Scramble Our Sense of True and False

How Deepfakes Scramble Our Sense of True and False

“Are you in a precarious situation? … You sound like you can’t talk.” Karah Preiss’ cousin Leslie accused her of being sleepy and distracted and eventually hung up, but didn’t guess the truth. Preiss had placed the call using a software clone of her voice made to demonstrate artificial intelligence’s ability to deceive.Preiss relates her…
Facebook’s deepfakes ban has some obvious workarounds

Facebook’s deepfakes ban has some obvious workarounds

We’re used to social networks waiting until the damage has already been done before announcing a cleanup effort. When it comes to the synthetic media known as “deepfakes,” they’ve been notably ahead of the curve. In November, Twitter announced a draft policy on deepfakes and began soliciting public input. And on Monday night, Facebook announced…
Even the AI Behind Deepfakes Can’t Save Us From Being Duped

Even the AI Behind Deepfakes Can’t Save Us From Being Duped

Last week Google released several thousand deepfake videos to help researchers build tools that use artificial intelligence to spot altered videos that could spawn political misinformation, corporate sabotage, or cyberbullying.Google’s videos could be used to create technology that offers hope of catching deepfakes in much the way spam filters catch email spam. In reality, though,…
TikTok might have built in a deepfakes maker on the sly – CNET

TikTok might have built in a deepfakes maker on the sly – CNET

James Martin/CNET TikTok parent company ByteDance has reportedly developed deepfake tech that scans your face so it can be inserted into other people's videos. The video app's coding refers to the feature as "face swap," according to a Friday report by TechCrunch. The face swap code was reportedly found in both TikTok, and Duoyin, its…
AI can’t protect us from deepfakes, argues new report

AI can’t protect us from deepfakes, argues new report

A new report from Data and Society raises doubts about automated solutions to deceptively altered videos, including machine learning-altered videos called deepfakes. Authors Britt Paris and Joan Donovan argue that deepfakes, while new, are part of a long history of media manipulation — one that requires both a social and a technical fix. Relying on…
When audio deepfakes put words in Jay-Z’s mouth, did he have a legal case?

When audio deepfakes put words in Jay-Z’s mouth, did he have a legal case?

In late April, audio clips surfaced that appeared to capture JAY-Z rapping several unexpected texts. Did you ever imagine you’d hear JAY-Z do Shakespeare’s “To Be, Or Not to Be” soliloquy from Hamlet? How about Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” or a decade-old 4chan meme? All of these unlikely recitations were, of course,…
Disney’s deepfakes are getting closer to a big-screen debut

Disney’s deepfakes are getting closer to a big-screen debut

How close are deepfakes to being used in big-budget films and TV shows? Pretty damn close, if a new demo from Disney is anything to go by. In a video and paper being presented at a computer graphics conference this week, researchers from the House of Mouse show off what they say is the first…

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Deconstructing Google’s excuses on tracking protection

By Jonathan Mayer and Arvind Narayanan. Blocking cookies is bad for privacy. That’s the new disingenuous argument from Google, trying to justify why Chrome is so far behind Safari and Firefox in offering privacy protections. As researchers who have spent over a decade studying web tracking and online advertising, we want to set the record…

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