A virtual convening of leaders in technology, journalism, government, and academia.
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 host 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.
Our panel of experts will 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. We will also explore how deepfakes fit into broader conversations about disinformation, especially in the context of the upcoming U.S. elections. Our panelists for this event include:
- Nina Schick, Political Broadcaster and Author
- Corin Faife, Senior Program Coordinator, Emerging Opportunities & Threats, WITNESS
- Ashish Jaiman, Director of Technical Operations, Microsoft
- Moderator: Laura Ellis, Head of Technology Forecasting, BBC
This live event will be hosted on Microsoft Teams and open to the public.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Resources for further reading on deepfakes, synthetic media, and the disinformation ecosystem:
- Adobe Previews Technical Whitepaper
- Chesney, Robert, Danielle Citron, and Hany Farid. (2020) All’s clear for deepfakes: Think again.
- CNET Deepfakes Threat to U.S. Elections
- Data Society Deepfakes and Cheapfakes Guide
- Deepfake Detection Challenge Blog Post
- Deepfake Detection Challenge Research Paper
- Deeptrace Labs: Mapping the Deepfake Landscape
- Duke University Reporters’ Lab MediaReview
- First Draft News Disinformation Ecosystem
- Microsoft AETHER Media Provenance paper
- Partnership on AI Detection Challenge Report
- Partnership on AI Guide to Labeling Manipulated Media
- Reuters Guide to Manipulated Media
- Shruti Agarwal and Hany Farid: Protecting World Leaders Against Deepfakes (Research Paper)
- Washington Post Fakeout Video Series
- Washington Post Guide to Manipulated Media
- WilmerHale Survey of State and Federal Deepfakes Legislation
- WITNESS Backgrounder: Deepfakes in 2020
- WITNESS Emerging Threats Report
- WITNESS Sub-Saharan Africa Report and South America Report