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Congress is (finally) talking about deepfakes and manipulated media. Here’s what you need to know about the technology and how it has been and could be misused.  https://trib.al/dQTmTFl 

Ahead of the congressional hearing on deepfakes this morning, we compiled this primer on it.

First off, what are deepfakes? Here’s an explanation of the artificial intelligence behind them.  https://trib.al/1I61o1a 

Here’s also an inside look into the race to catch them.

@willknight even tried his hand at creating his own deepfake, stitching @tedcruz’s face onto Paul Rudd.  https://trib.al/WooV3jO 

Deepfakes aren’t mainstream yet, but it’s only a matter of time. “Many of the ways that people would consider using deepfakes [...] are clearly evolutions of existing problems,” says @SamGregory.

“Shallowfakes,” for example, are already pervasive.  https://trib.al/Z2CsVHd 

And here are some examples of how media manipulation is already being used. Here:  https://trib.al/3AoTvJz 

Here:  https://trib.al/Rhddsvr 

And here:  https://trib.al/k12LPD7 

And here’s a message for Congress: Think twice about how any regulations could shape what other countries do, especially with more authoritarian governments.  https://trib.al/C3V4548 


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