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On the Threat of Deep Fakes to Democracy and Society

by Hany Farid, Hans-Jakob Schindler

How to deal with this fake news super weapon?

Deep fakes are technically manipulated videos and the latest development in a long history of image manipulation. Together with disinformation campaigns via social media they can become a serious threat to our democracy and open societies. How can we distinguish a fake video from a real one? What can policy makers do to prevent such campaigns to become successful? Prof. Dr. Hany Farid and Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler give insights in this new phenomenon.
  • Manipulated images and videos have already been posing major challenges to journalism, science, jurisdiction and politics in the past. New technology, however, has made the production of deep fakes widely available to the public – we are experiencing a democratization of deep fakes.
     
  • Deep fakes used in disinformation campaigns can cause social cohesion and thus be a threat to democracy.
     
  • Social media play an increasingly central role in informing the public and have become the main distribution platform of fake news. These platforms are operating unregulated and with different standards, presenting a particular challenge in the fight against disinformation campaigns. 
     
  • Germany is at an early stage of this new challenge. There is still enough time to develop an effective defense mechanism against the threat of deep fakes.
     
  • The fight against this complex challenge requires a multipronged approach which combines technical solutions with legal and public education measures.
     

Here you can find an interview with Prof. Dr. Hany Farid, Senior Advisor Counter Extremism Project:

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