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Stephanie Murphy asks intelligence agencies to look into threats posed by 'deep fakes'
Orlando Sentinel - U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy and two colleagues from both sides of the aisle are asking intelligence agencies to evaluate the threats posed by “deep fake” technology.
Murphy, D-Winter Park, along with U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Miami, and U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence asking agencies to assess the burgeoning technology, which creates realistic digital forgeries of videos or audio.
The technology “could be used by malicious actors to falsely portray people saying or doing things that never happened,” Murphy’s office said in a statement.
“By blurring the line between fact and fiction, deep fake technology could undermine public trust in recorded images and videos as objective depictions of reality,” the letter states. “As deep fake technology becomes more advanced and more accessible, it could pose a threat to United States public discourse and national security, with broad and concerning implications for offensive active measures campaigns targeting the United States.”
In the letter, Murphy, Curbelo and Schiff 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.
Publications have used rudimentary versions of technology to make videos showing how easy people could use it for hoaxes.
Buzzfeed used Adobe After Effects and the AI face-swapping tool FakeApp to make a video of former President Obama being “ventriloquized” by director Jordan Peele, having Obama say things like the Black Panther villain “Killmonger was right” and insulting President Trump.
The minute-long video has been seen more than 4.8 million times since April.
“Deep fake technology can be used by our enemies to undermine our nation’s security and democracy, which is why the Intelligence Community must provide a comprehensive report to Congress on the threat,” Murphy said in a statement. “We need to know what countries have used it against U.S. interests, what the U.S. government is doing to address this national security threat, and what more the Intelligence Community needs to effectively counter the threat.”
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