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Wednesday, June 12 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Prepare Don't Panic: Strategize a human rights-based response to deepfake technologies, synthetic media, and increasing volumes of visual misinformation

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Videos, audio and memes, often crudely edited or recycled and re-contextualized, play a critical role in misinformation, influence operations, ‘fake news’ and in inciting violence. New sophisticated, personalized audio and video manipulations called “deepfakes,” as well as other forms of AI-generated and manipulated “synthetic media” that allow changes/additions to videos add to the problem. These media forms will amplify, expand, and alter existing problems around trust in information, verification, and weaponization of online spaces. To address this proactively, a range of approaches are being considered by platforms, independent technologists and start-ups, journalists and news organizations, human rights and CS orgs, regulators and policy-makers. In the session you'll learn about proposed solutions/approaches to address deepfakes and synthetic media. A series of short interventions/provocations will start discussion, then we'll structure an interactive conversation around real possibilities for policy, platform, civil society action/reaction. We'll focus on applying an international human rights lens (and one that prioritizes marginalized communities and vulnerable populations): *Who should be involved and what forms of multi-stakeholder collaboration are key? *How do we preserve/uphold human rights in developing responses to new forms of misinformation? *What roles should companies and public policy play? *What approaches should a human rights community support?

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Sam Gregory

Program Director, WITNESS
In short....video, human rights, deepfakes, media manipulation, citizen participation, role of companies, AI, live video and experiential activismIn "long"...Sam Gregory is an award-winning technologist, media-maker, and advocate, and Program Director of WITNESS (www.witness.org) which helps people use video and technology to defend human rights. Founded after the Rodney King incident, WITNESS has 30 years of experience in 100+ countries, supporting critical uses of video to secure accountability, reaching millions of people with skills and tools, engaging... Read More →

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Jake Lucchi

Head of AI and Data Value, Google Asia Pacific
AI, data, content

Wednesday June 12, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm BST
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