Addressing Deepfakes in the U.S. 2020 Elections

A virtual convening of leaders in technology, journalism, government, and academia.


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In mid July, the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public (CIP), together with Microsoft’s Defending Democracy Program, brought together leaders across different sectors for three days of roundtable discussions to discuss the impact of synthetic media and deepfakes on the upcoming 2020 U.S. elections. The convening brought together participants from technology, media, and academia in small groups to discuss the issues, tools, and strategies around mitigating the threats of synthetic media.

Following these sessions, the CIP will produce a report that serves to inform further discourse and set the stage for a virtual event for the public about deepfakes and synthetic media awareness on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. EDT / 11 a.m. PDT.

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Resources for further reading on deepfakes, synthetic media, and the disinformation ecosystem: