Deepfakes, Disinformation, and Democracy

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The media has long played an important role in a healthy democracy, providing citizens with access to accurate news and information that allows them to effectively participate in democratic processes. However, the growing threat from deepfakes and disinformation, from both foreign and domestic sources, threatens to overwhelm the ability of individuals to discern fact from fiction, create new divides in society, and allow conspiracies, lies, and hoaxes to fester online.

The public and private sectors have already launched multiple initiatives to address this problem, including expanding R&D to identify fake content and developing standards to improve attribution for authentic content. In this half-day virtual policy conference, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), in collaboration with the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) U.S. Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) and the Online News Association (ONA), brought together key stakeholders, experts, and thought leaders to discuss the future of deepfakes, disinformation, and democracy.

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Opening Keynote - View from the Hill

  • Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (OH)

Panel 1: State of Deepfakes and Disinformation Online

  • Kathleen Carley, Director of the Center for Informed Democracy and Social-cybersecurity, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Ashish Jaiman, Director of Technology Operations, Microsoft
  • Deborah G. Johnson, Professor Emerita in the Science, Technology, and Society Program, University of Virginia School of Engineering (moderator)

Panel 2: Impact on National Security, Election Security, and Human Rights

  • Henry Kautz, Division Director for Information & Intelligent Systems, National Science Foundation
  • Daniel Kimmage, Acting Coordinator for the Global Engagement Center, U.S. Department of State
  • Gabriela Ivens, Head of Open Source Research, Human Rights Watch 
  • Daniel Castro, Vice President, ITIF (moderator) 

Panel 3: Improving Trust in Online Media

  • Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
  • Joan Donovan, Research Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Dana Rao, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Adobe
  • Alison Schary, Counsel, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (moderator)

Closing Keynote - View from Europe:

  • Daniel Braun, Deputy Head of Cabinet for Věra Jourová, Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency
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