A growing number of digital tools are making it easier than ever to create deepfakes—realistic audio, video, and images that depict people doing or saying things that never actually happened. While there are many nefarious uses of this technology, many of the techniques used to create deepfakes also have completely legitimate uses, such as for commercial video editing. Yet the increased presence of deepfakes creates many risks, including election misinformation and online abuse and harassment. Many different stakeholders will need to play an important role in addressing these concerns, such as by preventing the spread of harmful deepfakes on social networks, identifying legitimate and illegitimate content, and protecting individual rights.
Join ITIF for a discussion about the emerging trends in the spread of deepfakes, the capabilities of the technology, and the opportunities available for the public and private sector to respond to these challenges.