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'Deepfakes', the lurking scourge

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 8, 2020   /  01:38 pm
'Deepfakes', the lurking scourge Illustration of deepfake video (Shutterstock/Lightspring)

It looks real. It sounds authentic. It is a fake video. It is a deepfake product. Using ever-improving machine-learning technology, “deepfakes” fabricate audio and video recordings. They show people doing and saying things they never did or said. This tool in manufacturing believable falsehoods should be a hot-button issue at the 2020 National Press Day conference in Banjarmasin, the provincial capital of South Kalimantan, from Feb. 7 to 9. Indeed, a high-level panel will discuss the problems linking conventional media and social media, a platform where deepfakes freely operate. The scheduled panelists are media magnates CT Corp. chair Chairul Tanjung, Media Nusantara Citra chair Hary Tanoesoedibjo, BeritaSatu founder James Riady, House of Representatives’ Commission I overseeing foreign affairs and the press chair Meutya Hafid, and Kompas daily se...

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