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Updated Event Announcement: Postponing Deep Fakes and Democracy Virtual Event  #Ad

Update on 8/12/2023 at 2:35 PM: We regret to inform you that we’ll be postponing our virtual event “Deepfakes and Democracy”, originally scheduled for December 13th, from 3:00 – 5:15 pm. 

This decision was made keeping in mind that the event clashed with the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence Summit happening in Delhi, as well as other events taking place in India. We apologise for the inconvenience caused, and will be back in mid-January with a confirmed date for our event. 

Original post published on 5/12/2023 at 2:00 pm: MediaNama invites you to apply to attend our discussion on “Deep fakes and Democracy”, looking at the regulatory environment governing deep fakes, and their impact on freedom of speech, safe harbor and elections, as well as solutions to address problems posed by deep fakes.

Deep fakes and AI-driven fabrications have already made their presence felt in India, with multiple instances of deep fake videos featuring prominent figures making rounds on social media in India. As we approach the 2024 elections, the looming threat of a “Deep Fake Elections” is palpable. Leveraging deep fakes to spread false narratives about candidates, manipulate voter perceptions, and potentially influence election outcomes present a chilling prospect. The case of a candidate using deep fakes to release a campaign video in a different language serves as a testament to the potential of this technology – both constructive and destructive.

The need of the hour is a multifaceted approach that draws upon insights from technology, government, academia, and the public. We aim to foster a collaborative environment that encourages balanced, pragmatic solutions, whether technological, societal, media and legal, without compromising internet freedom.

Please register to attend by filling out the form here.

Note: Registration doesn’t guarantee participation. 

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Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Time: 3:00- 5:15 PM

Venue: Online

What will we discuss?

Internationally, the issue of deep fakes is equally, if not more, pressing. As tools for deep fake creation become better, faster, and cheaper, their potential to sow discord in society and harm our democracy escalates. Deep fakes can significantly amplify the impact of misinformation and disinformation in society. Deep fakes can be weaponized to spread hate speech and trigger violence, fostering a climate of distrust and paranoia.

In India, the construct of safe harbor under the IT Act, which shields platforms from being held liable for third-party content, stands threatened by the rise of deep fakes. Altering this act to hold platforms accountable for user content could lead to mass censorship. This would severely impact the democratic nature of the internet and could potentially stifle platforms that host largely harmless, educational content.

The event will cover some of the following broad themes—

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  • Challenges with differentiating harmful deep fakes and legitimate free speech
  • Challenges that platforms face while taking down deep fakes
  • The role of the government in mitigating the impact of deep fakes on elections
  • The role of platforms in mitigating the impact of deep fakes on elections
  • How tech platforms currently deal with deep fakes
  • Technology solutions for addressing deep fakes
  • Challenges with attribution of liability for harmful deep fakes
  • Impact of deep fakes on safe harbor

Why should you attend?

Here are 5 reasons why, if you’re in technology/policy, you must consider attending MediaNama discussions:

  1. Share your point of view and get instant feedback: At MediaNama discussions you get to share your point of view, instead of being talked to by a panel: over 60% of a MediaNama discussion is interactive and focused on debating issues with the participants in the roomful of an audience curated for relevance.
  2. Meet others working on the same subject: We have dedicated networking time at MediaNama discussions, where you can meet and engage with others working on the same subject, and get a sense of what’s happening behind the scenes.
  3. Hear a point you hadn’t considered: We curate our participants for a diversity of perspectives, with people working on the same issue, but coming from a different background: hear not just from policy wonks, but also technologists, founders, people working with lawmakers, among others. There’s always another way of looking at something.
  4. Outcome focused: At the end of each session, one of the key questions we consider is a wishlist: what should change, why and how?
  5. Breadth and depth of understanding: At MediaNama we are focused on providing our readers and attendees with both the depth and breadth of understanding of technology policy. We work hard to determine the probing questions that lend themselves to a deeper understanding of issues, discuss principles, and bring out perspectives that you might not have considered. You can ask questions too. Sometimes the questions are more important than an answer.
  • Registration does not guarantee attendance. In case you fit our mandate for the intended audience, we’ll send you a confirmation before December 12, 2023.
  • MediaNama’s subscribers get guaranteed access to all our events. You can subscribe to MediaNama to support our work.
  • Your contact information will never be shared with anyone outside of MediaNama.
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