A Deeper Look at Deepfakes: Our New Article and an Event at Heritage on Thursday

By Robert Chesney, Danielle Citron
Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 8:56 AM

Back in February, we joined forces in this post to draw attention to the wide array of dangers to individuals and to society posed by advances in “deepfake” technology (that is, the capacity to alter audio or video to make it appear, falsely, that a real person said or did something). The post generated a considerable amount of discussion, which was great, but we understood we had barely scratched the surface of the issue. So, since that time, we’ve been plugging away on a full-length law review article on the subject.

We’ve now completed the manuscript, and have posted it to SSRN. You can find it here (look for the orange “Download This Paper” tab towards the bottom of the page; there’s no charge!). We are eager for feedback, so please have a look and feel free to reach out to us with reactions.

Meanwhile, we are even happier to report that we’ll be part of a terrific event focused on the Deepfake challenge this Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30 at the Heritage Foundation in DC. The event is organized by the amazing Klon Kitchen (Senior Research Fellow on Technology at Heritage) and it features a keynote from Senator Marco Rubio followed by a panel with both of us plus Chris Bregler of Google AI. Attendance requires an RSVP, but you can also follow by live stream. All details here. We hope to see some of you there!