Mar 6, 2023

Government-Sponsored Deepfakes, Voice Fraud

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State-Sponsored Deepfakes

Venezuelan deepfakes

Venezuelan state-owned television station VTV is using computer-generated avatars (based off Synthesia), to present positive news coverage about Venezuela from a supposedly independent news outlet called House of News.

The use of AI appears to be a new turn in the government's continued disinformation campaigns. The Washington Post has the full story.

Deepfaked Audio Continues to Go Viral

Emma Watson Reading

AI-generated audio tools used to mimic well-known individuals isn't new, but it's becoming increasingly more widespread and dangerous across social media and message boards like 4Chan.

While some content created using these tools are benign, the technology has already been used to make Emma Watson read a section of Mein Kampf, according to a new Buzzfeed report.

Exposing Political Misinformation in a Leading NATO Country

Reality Defender helped a senior government official from a leading NATO country detect and disprove deepfake videos that falsely depicted them in a negative light.

Learn every step that was taken to help the country and how we can replicate it for increasingly more advanced attacks in our latest case study.

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Deepfake of the Week

Elizabeth Warren Deepfake

A Twitter user depicted Sen. Elizabeth Warren discussing how "allowing Republicans to vote could threaten the integrity of the election and the safety of the electorate." She never said such a thing, according to a report in Newsweek.

More News

  • Chicago is in the midst of a contentious mayoral election, which is now seeing deepfakes of candidates spread on social media. (CBS News)
  • As deepfakes rise in complexity and abundance, deepfaked pornography is also seeing a surge. Yet the conversation around it can be as harmful as the content itself. (Wired)
  • The U.S. is not sending troops to Ukraine, contradicting everything a deepfake of President Biden said. (Newsweek)
  • ChatGPT apparently gets a pass when it comes to International Baccalaureate essays. (The Guardian)
  • OpenAI has new APIs for ChatGPT, but at a cost. (The Verge)
  • What is Ernie, and how is China's answer to ChatGPT different? (Rest of World)
  • Italy's film translation/dubbing industry is fighting back against the use of AI in their work. (Variety)

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