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Deepfakes can cause geopolitical rifts

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    26th Sep, 2023

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One of the prominent geopolitical risks of AI is its capacity to produce deepfakes, which can be any audio-visual content that depicts real individuals in fictitious situations. This can poses a geopolitical risk across nations.

Risks of Deepfakes in Geopolitics

  • Geopolitical Threat of Deepfakes: Deepfakes, realistic fake videos, pose a significant geopolitical risk.
  • Global Recognition of Deepfake Risks: G20 nations and organizations like Europol recognize deepfake threats.
  • Disruption and Vulnerabilities: Deepfakes can disrupt institutions, jeopardize elections, and impact financial markets.

Challenges in Detecting Deepfakes

  • Technological glitch: Detecting deepfakes is challenging due to evolving technology.
  • Detection methods have limitations, including vulnerability to compression and distortion.
  • Process and identification: Deepfake creation involves an iterative process, making detection more difficult.

Combating Deepfakes

  • Cross-border issues: Banning deepfakes is ineffective due to cross-border content
  • Agencies involved: The US NSA suggests using a combination of detection and provenance methods.
  • Funding mechanism: G20 nations should consider financing deepfake detection, similar to funding energy transitions, to safeguard digital truth.
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