Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, April 30, 2018

What Fake Videos on the Internet May Mean For Our Ability To Understand the World

Franklin Foer, writing in The  Atlantic, sounds an alarm about digital manipulation of video and the possibility that "fake video" isn't just around the corner--it's here.  Mr. Foer writes in part,

This development, which has been the subject of much hand-wringing in the tech press, is the work of a programmer who goes by the nom de hack “deepfakes.” And it is merely a beta version of a much more ambitious project. One of deepfakes’s compatriots told Vice’s Motherboard site in January that he intends to democratize this work. He wants to refine the process, further automating it, which would allow anyone to transpose the disembodied head of a crush or an ex or a co-worker into an extant pornographic clip with just a few simple steps. No technical knowledge would be required. And because academic and commercial labs are developing even more-sophisticated tools for non-pornographic purposes—algorithms that map facial expressions and mimic voices with precision—the sordid fakes will soon acquire even greater verisimilitude.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/media_law_prof_blog/2018/04/what-fake-videos-on-the-internet-may-mean-for-our-ability-to-understand-the-world.html

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