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Cognitive hacking is a threat from disinformation and computational propaganda. It is a cyberattack that exploits psychological vulnerabilities, perpetuates biases, and eventually compromises logical and critical thinking giving rise to cognitive dissonance.

Cybersecurity focuses on protecting and defending the computer systems, networks, and digital infrastructure from hacking and disrupting our digital lives. Nefarious actors use attacks to compromise confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the IT systems for their benefit. Disinformation is similarly an attack and compromise of our cognitive being. Nation-state actors with geopolitical aspirations, ideological believers, violent extremists, and economically motivated enterprises manipulate information to create social discord, increase polarization, and in some cases, influence the election outcome.

The difference between a disinformation attack and a cyberattack is the target. Cyberattacks are aimed at computer infrastructure, while disinformation exploits our inherent…


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Disinformation and hoaxes have evolved from mere annoyance to high stake warfare for creating social discord, increase polarization, and in some cases, influence the election outcome. Nation-state actors with geopolitical aspirations, ideological believers, violent extremists, and economically motivated enterprises can manipulate social media narratives with easy and unprecedented reach and scale.

The disinformation threat has a new tool in the form of Deepfakes. Deepfakes can be a very effective tool to spread computational propaganda at scale and with speed to disrupt democracy.

Deepfakes are the digital media — video, audio, and images edited and manipulated using Artificial Intelligence. Deepfakes is…


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Media literacy cultivates discerning public

Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing technologies have led to rapid development in the sophistication of audio, video, and image manipulation techniques. Access to commodity cloud computing, public research AI algorithms, and abundant data and availability of vast media have created a perfect storm to democratize the creation of synthetic media. This synthetic media content is referred to as deepfakes.

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Deepfakes have clear benefits in certain areas, such as accessibility, education, film production, criminal forensics, and artistic expression. However, as access to synthetic media technology increases, so does the risk of exploitation. …


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Effective countermeasures for malicious deepfakes fall into four broad categories of legislative action and regulations, platform policies and governance, technological intervention, and medial literacy.

GAN and Deepfakes have become more than research topics or engineering toys. Starting as an innovative research concept, now they can be used as a communication weapon. Deepfakes have numerous positive uses cases, but as with every innovation, deepfakes or AI-Generated synthetic media can be used as a weapon to inflict harm on individuals and institutions.

The main objective of any countermeasure to mitigating malicious synthetic media’s negative societal impact must be two-fold. One, to reduce the exposure to malicious deepfakes and second, to minimize the damage it can inflict.

To defend the truth and secure freedom of expression, we…


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Deepfakes makes it possible to fabricate media — swap faces, lip-syncing, and puppeteer — mostly, without consent and bring threat to psychology security, political stability, and business disruption.

As with any new innovative technology, it can be used as a tool to improve people’s lives and by nefarious actors to inflict harm by weaponizing it. Deepfakes are no different. The weaponization of deepfakes can have a massive impact on the economy and national security, it can inflict harm to individuals and democracy. Deepfakes will further erode already declining trust in the media.

Deepfakes are becoming easy to create and even easier to distribute in a policy and legislative vacuum.

In the last two years, the potential for nefarious use of synthetic data created using AI models has begun…


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Deepfakes can create numerous possibilities and opportunities for all, regardless of who they are and how they interact with the world around them.

Technology is an excellent enabler and can be very empowering. New ideas and capabilities for empowerment have emerged because of the advancements in data science and Artificial intelligence. AI can create possibilities and opportunities for all people, regardless of who they are and how they listen, speak, or communicate.

AI-Generated Synthetic media, also known as deepfakes, have many positive use cases. AI-Generated Synthetic Media, aka Deepfakes, advances have clear benefits in certain areas, such as accessibility, education, film production, criminal forensics, and artistic expression.

In this article, I will explore some of the positive use cases of deepfakes. I firmly…


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Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing have enabled the sophistication of audio, video, and image manipulation techniques with ease and speed.

Introduction

Imagine a few days before an election, a video of a candidate is released, showing them using hate speech, racial slurs, and epithets that undercut their image as pro minorities. Imagine a teenager watching embarrassingly an explicit video of themselves going viral on social media. Imagine a CEO on the road to raise money when an audio clip stating her fears and anxieties about the product is sent to the investors, ruining her chances of success.

All the above scenarios are fake, made up, and not actual, but can be made real by AI-generated synthetic media, also called deepfakes[1]. The…


Creating a false narrative using deepfakes is very dangerous and can create intentional and unintentional harm to individuals and society at large. The unprecedented realism of deepfake should be looked at with an ethical lens.

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Imagine a few days before the election a video of a candidate is released with the candidate spewing hate speech, racial slurs and epithets undercutting his image of pro minorities. Imagine a teenager waking up to an explicit video of her on social media. Now, imagine a CEO on a roadshow to raise money for taking her company public when an audio clip stating her fears of regulation and anxieties about her product is sent to her investors. All these scenarios are not real, they are examples of malicious use of AI-Generated Synthetic media also known as deepfakes [1].

Recent…


A review and analysis of Facebook Deepfake Detection Challenge.

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Recent advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing technologies have led to rapid development in the sophistication of audio, video, and image manipulation techniques. This synthetic media content is commonly referred to as “deepfakes[1].” AI based tools can manipulate media in increasingly believable ways, for example by creating a copy of a public person’s voice or superimposing one person’s face on another person’s body.

Legislation, policy, media literacy, and technology must work in tandem for an effective remedy for malicious use of deepfakes.

Technical countermeasures used to mitigate the impact of deepfakes fall into three categories: media authentication, media…


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