Misinformation and Synthetic Media

July 29, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Promise Institute for Human Rights and Institute for Technology, Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law present a series on Global Digital Rights Challenges.

Alternating Thursdays: June 17, 2021 - August 12, 2021


July 29, 12pm PT Session: Misinformation and Synthetic Media

We are witnessing a “firehose of falsehood” on the internet and in the media: mis and disinformation that attempts to overwhelm the truth.  As deepfake and synthetic media technologies become more sophisticated and their use more prolific, it is becoming more and more vital to develop tools and systems to identify when media has been manipulated - often through fake or deceptive audio and video - to increase trust in our information ecosystem.

Sam Gregory, Program Director at WITNESS, will outline the work he is doing at WITNESS, in consultation with actors in the Global South who have lived experience of the impact of mis and disinformation, aimed at preparing for and pre-empting future deepfake crises by developing detection skills and ensuring equitable global access to media forensic tools to enable us to defend the truth.

  • Speaker: Sam Gregory, WITNESS
  • Moderator: Aya Dadari, Nick Levsen and Ani Setian, Promise Institute for Human Rights Summer Fellows

Register at globaldigitalrightschallenges.eventbrite.com


About the series:

Around the world, repressive governments are seeking new and innovative ways to port censorship to the online space, while private sector tech companies increasingly find themselves responsible for making policy on the counters of global speech. Here at home, digital technologies have also become the latest front for debates on systemic racism, and the potential for new technologies to entrench patterns of discrimination. This series, which features global activists on the frontlines of these debates, will examine the pressing digital rights challenges manifesting around the world.