Belgian socialist party circulates ‘deep fake’ Donald Trump video

A Belgian political party has created a fake video of a Donald Trump speech in which the U.S. president apparently calls on the country to follow America’s lead and exit the Paris climate agreement.

In the video, which uses so-called “deep fake” technology to make it appear that Trump is giving a fictional address, the president says: “As you know I had the balls to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. And so should you.”

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PSA in which fake Obama warns about ‘deep fakes’ goes viral

A viral video now viewed by millions appears to show former President Obama – but it turns out actually to be an effort by “Get Out” director Jordan Peele to educate the public about “deep fakes” made with artificial intelligence. NBC’s Gadi Schwartz reports for TODAY.

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Pornhub promised to ban ‘deepfakes’ videos. And it failed miserably.

In February, Pornhub announced it would no longer tolerate AI-generated pornography featuring the facial features of celebrities over the bodies of adult actresses.

And it’s kept its promise, except… not really.

Quick take: Pornhub has become the ultimate “you had one job” meme.

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YouTube shooting surfaces new deepfake conspiracy theories

New conspiracies over YouTube shooting are dangerously built on a real threat

The video in question, “Y Does the Youtube Shooter Looks Like An A.I. Computer Program?” has only garnered around 86,000, views but it’s still quite a weird one, suggesting that Aghdam is actually an AI creation.

And this is where a conspiracy can often turn dangerous, by including a kernel of truth. Because these face-swapped/fake AI videos — called deepfakes — are, indeed, a real thing and a real problem.

You can read the full article on Mashable

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Combatting Deep Fakes through the Right of Publicity

From the Lawfare blog

“Fake news is bad enough already, but something much nastier is just around the corner: As Evelyn Douek explained, the “next frontier” of fake news will feature machine-learning software that can cheaply produce convincing audio or video of almost anyone saying or doing just about anything.

These may be “digital avatars” built from generative adversarial networks (GANs), or they may rely on simpler face-swapping technology to create “deep fakes.” The effect is the same: fake videos that look frighteningly real.”

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What Can The Law Do About ‘Deepfakes’?

Legal Recourse: Causes of Action

The law generally does not evolve as quickly as technology does.  That being said, in the case of videos created by deepfake technology, several causes of action existing in our current laws may be applicable (or extended to be applicable) in addressing the wrongs committed by a person’s misuse or abuse of deepfake technology.  Below is a summary of some of such causes of action:

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How deepfake porn is killing our trust in tech

Months after fake “celebrity porn” reared its head online, there’s a bad-tech aftertaste.

Clearly our sense of truth is morphing, with clever tricksters using AI to fool us. So how can we trust AI to tell us what’s real?

We’ve been manipulating the way we want to see the world — and how we want others to see us in it — for almost as long as humans have been able to paint or take photos.

“Look back through Hitler, Stalin, Mao or Castro, all of these people manipulated photos in an effort to change history,” says Hany Farid, a professor of computer science at Dartmouth College in the United States. “States do, bad actors do it, criminals do it and hoaxers do it.”

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“Deep Fake” Could Influence Future Global Politics

“Deep Fake” Videos Could Be Used To Influence Future Global Politics, Experts Warn.

Now Senators and an expert working on exposing digital fakes are warning about another malevolent use for the tech – using it to influence politics.

Similar tech, developed by Niessnerlab prior to deep fakes, has been used to create videos of US presidents and famous people moving their faces to mimic those of actors, to eerie effect.

Actors have their expressions captured, and this data is used to alter the expression of celebrities in the video in real-time.

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FOSTA Sex Trafficking Bill May Worsen Deepfake Porn Problem

The worst parts of SESTA (Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act) have been put into a bill that will likely make platforms ignore moderation altogether.

Charles Duan is the Associate Director of Technology and Innovation Policy at the R Street Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C.

Online sexual abuse may become harder to prevent, thanks to a bill making its way through Congress. Ironically, the purpose of that bill is to curb online sexual abuse.

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