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.

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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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Deepfake tech may change the world

“My May-Thatcher deepfake won’t fool you but its tech may change the world”

MPs from the House of Commons inquiry into fake news were warned last week of a new AI technology that is about to change the world, and not for the better.

“We’re rapidly moving into an era where the Russians, or any other adversary, can create our public figures saying or doing things that are disgraceful or highly corrosive to public trust,” Edward Lucas, the senior vice president of the Centre for European Policy Analysis told MPs. “And we’re not remotely ready for this.”

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Here come the fake videos, too – NY Times

Late to the party but still, this is a great article by Kevin Roose for the New York times.  Initially talking about the widespread panic deepfakes caused at Reddit, Twitter and Pornhub.

He then goes on to show just how easy it is for anyone to create their own deepfakes, he also touched on a subject not related to porn at all but political sabotage and propaganda, which, I believe, is something we should be far more concerned about.

“Artificial intelligence video tools make it relatively easy to put one person’s face on another person’s body with few traces of manipulation. I tried it on myself. What could go wrong?”

“The scene opened on a room with a red sofa, a potted plant and the kind of bland modern art you’d see on a therapist’s wall.

In the room was Michelle Obama, or someone who looked exactly like her. Wearing a low-cut top with a black bra visible underneath, she writhed lustily for the camera and flashed her unmistakable smile.

Then, the former first lady’s doppelgänger began to strip.”

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‘deepfakes,’ the internet’s latest moral crisis

Where there’s innovation, there’s masturbation — at least in one dark corner of the internet, where nearly 80,000 people have gathered to share fabricated videos of celebrity women having sex and Nicolas Cage uncovering the Ark of the Covenant.

The technology is relatively easy to use, which has created an enthusiast community on Reddit (since banned), where users compare notes and swap their latest work: “Emma Watson sex tape demo ;-),” “Lela Star x Kim Kardashian,” and “Giving Putin the Trump face” among them.

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