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The battle against fake images and fake news continues …the subject got an airing this week on the BBC’s Postive Thinking series.

‘Deepfakes and synthetic media are getting harder to detect and easier to make. And from porn to politics, the rise of deepfakes is making society less certain and more volatile – trust in what we see has been lost.’

‘Sangita Myska speaks to Mounir Ibrahim from TruePic, the company that seeks to restore authenticity and verification to images and videos online. It has patented technology that captures exactly where, when, and how a picture was taken, as well as logging the pixel count and originality of an image, locking the data in a form that can’t be tampered with. The idea is for websites and news organisations to use this technology to display verified images, without political bias.’

‘But can technology untangle the complex web of misinformation on the one hand and human creativity on the other? And how does the extra information change how we use the internet in the future?’

‘Sangita is joined by an expert panel to consider the legal, social and technological consequences of Truepic’s innovation. On the panel are Kelsey Farish, a lawyer who specialises in media, privacy and technology matters, Sam Gregory, the Director of Programs, Strategy and Innovation at the charity Witness, and Nina Schick, author of the book Deepfakes and an ethical adviser.’

Producer: Leonie Thomas
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4

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