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Stevens introduces bipartisan bill to combat ‘deepfakes’

By: - September 19, 2019 10:34 am

U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens | Ken Coleman

U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester) is sponsoring a new bill aimed at stopping “deepfakes,” videos and audio manipulated with artificial intelligence technology to show people doing and saying things they didn’t. This has been an increasing concern, especially with the 2020 election season in full swing.

U.S. Reps. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), Jim Baird (R-Ind.) and Katie Hill (D-Calif.) also are sponsors of H.R. 4355, which directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to support research to accelerate the development of technologies that could help improve the detection of deepfakes.

The sponsors said the legislation is critical to deepfakes from becoming a “major national security threat.”

“In recent years, the development of deepfake technology has made it easier to create convincing fake videos, which have already been used for malicious purposes,” said Stevens. “The ‘Identifying Outputs of Generative Adversarial Networks Act’ will help us better understand deepfakes and learn how to prevent the proliferation of fake news, hoaxes, and other harmful applications of video manipulation technology.”

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Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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