University of Maryland Baltimore: Legal Scholars Dive into Implications of Deep Fakes. “‘Imagine the night before an IPO, a deep fake video of the CEO comes out of the CEO soliciting a child prostitute or doing drugs,’ said University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law professor and privacy expert Danielle Citron, JD to a full house in the school’s ceremonial moot courtroom. ‘There goes the IPO, and the faith of the marketplace for the CEO is wrecked,’ she continued. Citron was the keynote speaker at the Maryland Law Review 2019 spring symposium, ‘Truth Decay: Deep Fakes and the Implications for Privacy, National Security and Democracy.'” The keynote speech for the symposium is available as embedded video at the end of the article.
Wired: A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes and Tampering. “Video has become an increasingly crucial tool for law enforcement, whether it comes from security cameras, police-worn body cameras, a bystander’s smartphone, or another source. But a combination of ‘deepfake’ video manipulation technology and security issues that plague so many connected devices has made it difficult to confirm the integrity of that footage. A new project suggests the answer lies in cryptographic authentication.”
TechCrunch: The real consequences of fake porn and news. “For a democratic society in which the presumption of truth is generally the default response to most content, we will quite soon live in a world where everything must be considered fake without evidence to the contrary. It’s as if we suddenly moved to an authoritarian country and needed to constantly dismiss the propaganda we see every day. When it comes to policy problems facing startups, tech companies, political parties and governments together, this challenge is about as thorny as they come.”
How-To Geek: How to Spot a ‘Deep Fake’ Face-Swapped Video. “While swapping someone’s face in a photograph has always been relatively easy, swapping someone’s face in a video used to be time consuming and difficult. Up until now, it’s mainly just been done by VFX studios for big budget Hollywood movies, where an actor’s face is swapped onto their stunt double. But now, with Deep Fake, anyone with a computer can do it quickly and automatically.”