The U.S House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will hold a hearing on deepfakes and artificial intelligence on Wednesday, June 10. The hearing will bring together members of the Intelligence Community, academics, and legal experts to discuss advances in deepfake technology and its potential implications on democracy and national security.
The hearing is chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff, who has expressed concerns about the implications deepfakes could have on democracy, national security, and the freedom of speech. He recently stated that “Deepfake technology can be used for nefarious purposes, from creating false news reports to spreading malicious disinformation with political or financial implications.”
The witnesses at the hearing will include Dr. William Branner, Chief of the National Information Security Center at the U.S. Department of Defense; Mr. Osonde Osoba, Program Manager at Microsoft Research and PhD candidate at Harvard University; Dr. Hany Farid, expert on Digital Forensics at Dartmouth College; and Mr. Noah Shachtman, Managing Editor for The Daily Beast.
The hearing is expected to provide a comprehensive overview of advances in AI and deepfakes and the legal and national security implications that the technology may have. It is expected to be an important step in understanding how AI can be used maliciously and the steps necessary to reduce the potential impact of AI-based deepfakes.