Disinformation & Deepfakes: The Threat to Democracy

There has been a rising tide of disinformation and deepfakes online. Technology platforms, financial institutions and news outlets risk becoming playing fields for bad actors to spread falsehoods, disrupt markets and access private information. What are the opportunities and limits of AI in protecting us from increasingly sophisticated forms of misinformation? Who bears the ultimate responsibility for regulating and eradicating this bad content and protecting privacy? And how can sources of legitimate information on the internet, accessible by everyone, be built in the best way? This session will explore lessons businesses, governments and open platforms can learn from each other to stop the rise of disinformation and protect the internet as a forum for free knowledge.

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Chris Collins


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Joan Donovan

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Ryan Merkley


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