Tech Giants and U.S. intelligence agencies meet to talk about the 2020 U.S. election (Part 2)

In the run-up to the U.S. presidential election in November 2020, Tech Giants are underpressure to stop the threat of deepfakes.

By using Artificial Intelligence (A.I), a deepfake (combination of terms Deep Learning and Fake) is an hyper-realistic video showing politicians or people saying or acting in a controversial or unrealistic way. Due to viral videos, politicians and government ‘s officials are worried about these waves of misinformations used to mislead the U.S. citizens and voters.

To deal with it, Facebook just announced the launching of a Deepfake Detection Challenge (DFDC) . The public race will have a leaderboard and prizes. According to Mike Schroepfer, the Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer “the aim of the challenge is to produce technology that everyone can use to better detect when AI has been used to alter a video in order to mislead the viewer.”

Moreover, the challenge will be fullfilled with the implications of Universities and other companies. For instance, Cornell Tech, Microsoft, UC Berkeley.

In the process, Facebook will release a dataset of videos and faces. Then, an algorithm based on these data set will be created by Facebook and improved by the collaboration of Microsoft and partnerships on AI (Google, Apple, Amazon, Intel) in order to detect deepfake videos on diverse platforms.

The database will be set with the consent of actors. Furthermore, Facebook promises to not use any of their user data.

According to the social media, grants and awards will be given out. In fact, this will help the digital industries to increase the development of new tools to prevent fake news.

Globaly, Facebook is dedicating 10 million dollars to fund the program. In order to increase the ambitions of developers, researchers and scientists in aim to defeat the wave of disinformation across social medias.


A propos de Jennifer CISSE

Etudiante en Master 2 Droit de l'économie numérique

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