The fight to stay ahead of deepfake videos before the 2020 US election

San Francisco (CNN Business)With the 2020 US presidential election looming, political leaders, presidential candidates and the country’s intelligence chief are worried about doctored videos being used to mislead voters.

One professor is building tools to detect faked videos of major political figures such as Donald Trump, Theresa May and Justin Trudeau, as well as the US presidential candidates.
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Can artificial intelligence help end fake news?

Fake news has already fanned the flames of distrust towards media, politics and established institutions around the world. And while new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) might make things even worse, it can also be used to combat misinformation.

Want to make yourself sound like Obama? In the past, that might have required physically imitating his voice, party-trick style.

And even if you were very good at it, it almost certainly wouldn’t present a danger to our democracy. But technology has changed that.

You can now easily and accurately make anyone say anything through AI. Just use the service of an online program to record a sentence and listen to what you said in a famous person’s voice.

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Fake videos bring a new era of fake news

This year will see a new level of malicious posts on social media, as a hoax or fake videos herald a new low in fake news.

This was the word from Sylvia Papadopoulos, senior lecturer in the Department of Mercantile Law at the University of Pretoria, discussing online safety and security, at a Human Rights Day commemoration held by the Netherlands embassy in Johannesburg yesterday.

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These projects are using AI to fight misinformation

A joint initiative of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has awarded $750,000 to projects that aim to study how artificial intelligence can be used to improve journalism. Fact-checking was front and centre.

Detecting deepfakes

Second is the Rochester Institute of Technology, which is using $100,000 to build approaches for automatically detecting “deepfake” videos.

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Here Are The Real Fake News Sites

The internet is teeming with fake news sites. That’s not a political statement, but the conclusion of a new study by DomainTools, a security analysts company.

The new study analyzed some of the top media outlets in the U.S. to determine their susceptibility to domain-squatting and spoofed domains. The bogus URLs may spread disinformation or malicious code, according to DomainTools.

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The AI that can write a fake news story from a handful of words

The potential for software to be able to produce authentic-looking fake news articles comes during global concerns over technology’s role in the spread of disinformation.

OPENAI, an artificial intelligence (AI) research group co-founded by billionaire Elon Musk, has demonstrated a piece of software that can produce authentic-looking fake news articles after being given just a few pieces of information.

In an example published on Thursday by OpenAI, the system was given some sample text: “A train carriage containing controlled nuclear materials was stolen in Cincinnati today. Its whereabouts are unknown.”

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Deep fakes are fake news on steroids, and we’re unsure how to fight them

Fake news took the world by storm in the last few years, and it’s blamed for worsening existing political and social problems and even creating new ones.

The French Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Mounir Mahjoubi, for instance, recently accused the Yellow Jackets protest movement of spreading disinformation and fake news.

Across the Atlantic, over half of US citizens claim to regularly see fake news on social media. And the influence of this phenomenon isn’t dwindling down. In fact, it recently took a turn for the worse, as deep fakes, which are fabricated videos of people saying or doing things they never did or said, have become more sophisticated.

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Face Off: Researchers Battle AI-Generated Deep Fake Videos

Convincing Face-Swapping Clips Easy to Create With Gaming Laptops and Free Tools.

Security researchers are facing off against deep-fake videos over fears that they might be used for nation-state disinformation campaigns or to ruin someone’s reputation or social standing.

Deep fake is a portmanteau of “deep learning” and “fake” that refers to using advanced imaging technology and machine learning to convincingly superimpose video images.

Of course, so-called artificial intelligence – by which most people really mean machine learning – can be used for good, including building better information security defences.

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Anti-election meddling group makes A.I.-powered Trump impersonator

Artificial intelligence (AI) is getting frighteningly close to being able to mimic humans, and advances in the technology could be a major risk for democracies worldwide.

That’s the worry held by the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, a U.S.-European organization looking at combating interference in Western elections by hostile foreign actors.

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