Is the Law a solution to the Deepfake Phenomenon?

When: 11th Jul 2018, 17:00 - 11th Jul 2018, 18:30
Where: Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0RD
Town/City: Southampton
Organiser: Hampshire Branch and Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group
Price: Free
Further Information: Further Information

Time:
5.00pm for 5.30pm start, to finish before 6.30pm.

Venue:
Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0RD
In Room TS 201, in The Spark Building (on East Park Terrace, adjacent and north to the Library) - this is about 10 minutes’ walk from the Southampton Central Station. The room TS 201 is on the one floor above the reception, on level 2, - the lifts are on the left once you have entered the Spark building, and past the Reception - once leaving the stairs or lifts walk towards the main East Park Terrace Road, and TS 201 is at the end. Directions and maps | Campus map

Parking is available after 4.30pm in the staff car park from the entrance in Andrews Road, on your left as you approach the Jurys Inn. Note the external doors might be closed at 6.00pm.

Cost: Free and open to both BCS and non-BCS Members.

This is a joint event with the BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group and Southampton Solent University,

Description:
Mark Twain wrote ”A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes” this is especially relevant today. The power to produce convincing altered footage of celebrities alive and dead has passed from high end VFX production companies such as Industrial Light and Magic to the internet at large with all the attendant consequences and mischiefs of democratization. Introduced in January 2018 as free software a tool called FakeApp  based on open source TensorFlow software written by Google allows anyone with a PC, time on their hands and a little skill to produce, depending on that skill, what can be a quite convincing fake video - A “Deepfake”.

A “DeepFake” might be a fake video of a statement by a politician or other public figure, a parody of a celebrity or a film itself, or human nature perhaps being what it is most commonly altered images of celebrities engaged in sexual acts. Very convincing fake videos of a former US President Obama exist and voice reproduction technology is more advanced than perhaps many people realise. In these days of the prominence of fake news can the law help or hinder or is simply irrelevant? In this presentation the various legal possibilities for control will be discussed and critically appraised.

Mark WingAbout the speaker:
Mark Wing is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Solent University since 1994 specialising in Intellectual Property and Cyber Law and has published several articles mostly in the field of Intellectual Property and technology. He has also spent several years in legal practice advising on IP, IT and Commercial law matters.

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