URGENTLY REQUIRED IN KENYA & AFRICA – Increased Public Awareness about advanced Fake News methods and technologies

I pray that Government officials on this list will take the AFP article below seriously. The technologies described in the article are real and could be used to radicalize ignorant youth or to spark chaos e.g. during political transition events.

These are REAL RISKS I believe that need to be addressed PROACTIVELY – before we get into the election (or even referendum cycle).

“A well-timed and thoughtfully scripted deepfake or series of deepfakes could tip an election, spark violence in a city primed for civil unrest, bolster insurgent narratives about an enemy’s supposed atrocities, or exacerbate political divisions in a society. With believable fake videos in circulation, people can choose to believe whatever version or narrative that they want, and that’s a real concern.”

– Professors Danielle Citron – University of Maryland and Robert Chesney – University of Texas

Scientists are working on technologies to detect deep fakes – but it may not be reliable (or available in Africa). Detection may also not be a practical solution after a video goes viral and leads to chaos.

“It’s more important to disrupt the process than to analyse the videos. An  important way to deal with deepfakes is to INCREASE PUBLIC AWARENESS, making people more skeptical of what used to be considered incontrovertible proof.”

– Professor Siwei Lyu – State University of New York at Albany

TECH BREAK: Misinformation woes could multiply with ‘deepfake’

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TECH BREAK: Misinformation woes could multiply with ‘deepfake’

Deepfake videos are becoming more sophisticated due to advances in artificial intelligence.
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