10,000 deepfakes may be circulating online, as ‘synthetic media’ keeps getting easier to make and harder to detect. Writing in MEDIUM, Tom Van de Weghe, a foreign correspondent for VRT, summarizes his research about deepfakes while he was a Knight Fellow at Stanford.
- It’s becoming easier to create a deepfake
- You, too, can become a target of deepfakes
- Deepfakes are becoming big business
- There is no silver bullet to detect deepfakes
- Blockchain could be part of the solution
- We should work more like detectives do
His piece provides details for each point.
‘…the biggest threat today is not coming from deepfakes, but from what are called “shallowfakes”: existing video that is being recycled, mislabeled, staged or re-edited.’