The Alarming World of Deepfakes: When Audio and Video Isn’t Real
An expert panel will discuss deepfakes, which raise big questions on what is real online. The challenge: How to verify what we see and hear?
From presidential press briefings to eyewitness accounts of a house fire, journalists and our audiences routinely rely on remotely gathered and transmitted audio and video to verify what people say and do.
But the ability to digitally manipulate faces, voices and scenes – known as deepfake technology – has now evolved to the point where it is virtually impossible to tell a fake from the genuine article. The real-life consequences are only starting to become apparent.
What are deepfakes? What impact will they have on the newsgathering process? How are they constructed? How can you detect them? On the flip side, is there any good that can come from deepfake technology? What steps can journalists take today to protect their content from manipulation?
Ashish Jaiman, technology specialist, Microsoft – @ashishjaiman
Jareen Imam, former director of social newsgathering, NBC News – @JareenAI
Emma Cillekens, Deadline Club board member, senior producer of MIT tech podcast “In Machines We Trust” – @emmacillekens
Henry Ajder, head of policy and partnerships, Metaphysic – @henryajder
CO-MODERATORS – Both Deadline Club past presidents
Steve Dunlop, former anchor/correspondent, CBS News, Reuters, NBC and Fox 5 New York – @dunlopmedia
Robert Anthony, veteran consumer tech columnist; former senior writer, PC Magazine – @newyorkbob