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Deepfakes and the U.S. Elections
VIDEOS | 09.01.2020
This virtual public forum, hosted by the University of Washington‘s Center for an Informed Public and Microsoft‘s Defending Democracy Program, discusses the emerging threat of malicious synthetic media, better known as “deepfakes.” Our panel of experts combine perspectives from technology, journalism and civil society to explain what deepfakes are, why we should care about them and what individuals can do to counter their impact. The program also explores how deepfakes fit into broader conversations about disinformation, especially in the context of the Novemeber 2020 U.S. elections.
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> Test your knowledge with our Spot the Deepfake quiz.
cIP welcomes new uw information school assistant professor tanu mitra
NEWS | 09.01.2020
When Tanu Mitra saw a faculty job posting at the University of Washington Information School late last year, the computer scientist said that she was instantly drawn to it. “This is the powerhouse,” Mitra said of the iSchool, where she recently started as an assistant professor with an expertise in social computing, computer-assisted cooperative work and online information.
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“It’s one of the most important problems of our time that we as a society need to solve. This is not a left or right issue. This is an issue that transcends political boundaries. Everyone wants to get this right.”
— Jevin West, Director
The spread of misinformation is among the most pressing challenges of our time. New platforms for human interaction and information sharing have opened the door to misinformation, disinformation and other forms of networked manipulation, which not only mislead and create divisions, but also diminish trust in democratic institutions such as science and journalism. The nonpartisan Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington brings diverse voices from across industry, government, nonprofits and other institutions together to confront the problem through our research, education, policy and engagement efforts. Learn More
WHAT WE DO
We support cutting-edge research with a strong focus on research to practice, which spans disciplines from sociology to information science and law.
We educate information consumers across the demographic landscape in order to make more informed decisions.
LAW & POLICY
We address information policy through generative analyses of the legal frameworks and the available levers for intervention.
We engage directly with the public in collaboration with our partners, libraries and community leaders.