Media Landscapes: Deepfakes and the Misinformation Landscape with John Mack Freeman – Discussion Questions

Webinar Recording

  • Empowering every citizen with robust information and media literacy skills is the best defense against misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation of all kinds, including deepfakes. Describe the skills required to identify and neutralize “deepfake” media.
  • Not all uses of deepfake technology are harmful. On balance, is deepfake technology a benefit or a detriment to society?
  • Which malicious actors are you most concerned about creating and spreading deep fakes in the immediate future, and with what goals?
  • How are deepfakes similar to or different than traditional plagiarism? Are there elements of how we address the latter – in terms of recognition and verification – that could inform how we address the former?
  • Which library patrons/students (age, education…) do you think are most susceptible to which form of fake media: fake news (text) vs fake audio vs fake photos (spread with wrong context or doctored) vs fake video (manipulated and/or deep fake)?
  • Is the debate on these issues robust enough? How do we tailor awareness-raising, training and/or education to each audience?
  • What responsibilities should social media platforms have in regulating deepfakes? In notifying users that content consumed was a deepfakes? At adding disclaimers that deepfakes are, in fact, fake?
  • How would you suggest that we address deepfakes while still respecting the 1st Amendment?