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Digital Literacies Workshop Series

What are DeepFakes and why should they make us worry?

The availability of consumer-friendly software for the production of synthetic media or so-called ‘deepfakes’ has the potential to undermine the evidentiary quality of our senses. Given the role of audiovisual information in contemporary society, how can we defend ourselves against manipulation by synthetic media? In this talk, Cliff Anderson will discuss the machine learning technologies behind deepfakes and also the legal, social, and technical tools being used to combat them.

  • Develop a working knowledge of the technology behind ‘deepfakes’
  • Appreciate the negative and positive social impacts of ‘deepfakes’ 
  • Engage with efforts to reveal and regulate ‘deepfakes’


Thursday, March 11, 2:15-3:00 p.m. via Zoom

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