Stephanie Murphy and Carlos Curbelo Ring the Alarm on “Deep Fake” Technology
Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) may be part of different political parties, but they both want answers to the same question from the intelligence community: what are the threats posed by “deep fake” technology? Joined by Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), they sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats asking agencies to assess the burgeoning technology, which creates realistic digital forgeries of videos or audio. Murphy’s office warns that the technology could be used by malicious actors to falsely portray people saying or doing things that never happened. In the letter, they wrote: “Forged videos, images or audio could be used to target individuals for blackmail or for other nefarious purposes. Of greater concern for national security, they could also be used by foreign or domestic actors to spread misinformation.” They go on to ask Coats to evaluate the threat, identify technologies the government or private sector could use to detect such forgeries, and to recommend actions Congress and the intelligence community could take. To punctuate the point, earlier this year BuzzFeed used Adobe After Effects and the AI face-swapping tool FakeApp to make a video of former President Barack Obama being “ventriloquized” by director Jordan Peele, having Obama say things like the Black Panther villain “Killmonger was right” and insulting Donald Trump. That minute-long video has been seen more than 4.8 million times since April. The lawmakers are giving Coats until December 14th to address their concerns. More here.