China makes it a criminal offense to publish deepfakes or fake news without disclosure

China has released a new government policy designed to prevent the spread of fake news and misleading videos created using artificial intelligence, otherwise known as deepfakes.

The new rule, reported earlier today by Reuters, bans the publishing of false information or deepfakes online without proper disclosure that the post in question was created with AI or VR technology.

Failure to disclose this is now a criminal offence, the Chinese government says.

This is a snippet from an article by The Verge, you can read the full article here

Amazon becomes the latest company to join the fight against deepfakes

The year 2019 has seen a rise in the usage of deepfakes and it’s a scary thing. In case you don’t know, deepfake is a technique for human image synthesis based on artificial intelligence.

It has been around for quite a while now but this year saw a rapid rise in deepfakes forcing tech giants to take steps to curb the usage and make sure they aren’t used to promote fake news.

Last month, Microsoft and Facebook partnered up to fight deepfakes and now Amazon has decided to join as well. In a blog post published today, Amazon called for action to fight against deepfakes with a generous contribution of $1 million in AWS credits to the Deepfake Detection challenge (DFDC).

Amazon is also working with DFDC partners to host complicated datasets for deepfake detection on the cloud service using its Amazon S3 scalable infrastructure. Amazon will be providing researchers and academics up to $10,000 and they can use the Amazon Machine Learning solutions lab to get started.

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Israeli Tech Firm Uses Deepfake to Dub Your Videos into Any Language

Israeli tech firm Canny AI may have perfected the use of deepfakes to dub your videos into any language.

Their service makes good use of deepfakes, as opposed to the most common applications of the technology.

This has garnered the company widespread acclaim from their clients.

Understanding deepfakes…

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Deepfake Porn Is Still a Threat, Particularly for K-Pop Stars

When we talk about deepfakes, the term used to describe a type of digitally manipulated videos, most of the discussion is focused on the implications of deepfake technology for spreading fake news and potentially even destabilizing elections,  particularly the upcoming U.S. 2020 election.

A new study from Deeptrace Labs, however, a cybersecurity company that detects and monitors deepfakes, suggests that the biggest threat posed by deepfakes has little to do with politics at all and that women all over the world may be at risk.

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Deepfake videos ‘double in nine months’

New research shows an alarming surge in the creation of so-called deepfake videos, with the number online almost doubling in the last nine months. There is also evidence that the production of these videos is becoming a lucrative business.

And while much of the concern about deepfakes has centred on their use for political purposes, the evidence is that pornography accounts for the overwhelming majority of the clips.

This is a snippet from an article by the BBC, you can read the full article here…

The Next Wave of Digital Paranoia: Full-Body Deepfakes Are Now Here

So, we’ve already warned you of the dangers of deepfakes.

Security experts have provided a cautionary tale that deepfakes will play a sinister role in the 2020 election. And we’ve already seen the mayhem that erupted when a Nancy Pelosi video was slowed down to make it appear like she was drunk.

Though not a deepfake, the footage showcased how fast an altered video can go viral and make people question the validity of what they are seeing.

This is a snippet from an article by the Observer, you can read the full article here

Google makes deepfakes to fight deepfakes

Google has released a database of 3,000 deepfakes – videos that use artificial intelligence to alter faces or to make people say things they never did.

The videos are of actors and use a variety of publicly available tools to alter their faces.

The search giant hopes it will help researchers build the tools needed to take down “harmful” fake videos.

There are fears such videos could be used to promote false conspiracy theories and propaganda.

This is a snippet from an article by the BBC, you can read the full article here

Scammer Successfully Deepfaked CEO’s Voice To Fool Underling Into Transferring $243,000

The CEO of an energy firm based in the UK thought he was following his boss’s urgent orders in March when he transferred funds to a third-party. But the request actually came from the AI-assisted voice of a fraudster.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the mark believed he was speaking to the CEO of his businesses’ parent company based in Germany. The German-accented caller told him to send €220,000 ($243,000 USD) to a Hungarian supplier within the hour. The firm’s insurance company, Euler Hermes Group SA, shared information about the crime with WSJ but would not reveal the name of the targeted businesses.

This is a snippet from an article by gizmodo, you can read the full article here…