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Private Mossad for Hire | The New Yorker
> Despite embarrassing missteps, which have exposed some Psy-Group and Black Cube operations to public scrutiny, a former senior Israeli intelligence official said that global demand for “private Mossads” is growing, and that the market for influence operations is expanding into new commercial areas. In particular, the former official cites the potentially huge market for using avatars to influence real-estate prices—by creating the illusion that bidders are offering more money for a property, for example, or by spreading rumors about the presence of toxic chemicals to scare off competition. “From a free-market point of view, it’s scary,” a former Psy-Group official said, adding that the list of possible applications for avatars was “endless.” Another veteran of Israeli private intelligence warned, “We are looking at the tip of the iceberg in terms of where this can go.”
technology  politics  fake-news  corruption  tulare  central-valley 
6 days ago by tarakc02
Researchers say fears about ‘fake news’ are exaggerated - Columbia Journalism Review
Fears about the spread and influence of fake news have been over-hyped, Nyhan says, and many of the initial conclusions about the scope of the problem and its effect on US politics were exaggerated or just plain wrong.
fake-news 
10 days ago by lavallee
[1901.08971] FaceForensics++: Learning to Detect Manipulated Facial Images
The rapid progress in synthetic image generation and manipulation has now come to a point where it raises significant concerns on the implication on the society. At best, this leads to a loss of trust in digital content, but it might even cause further harm by spreading false information and the creation of fake news. In this paper, we examine the realism of state-of-the-art image manipulations, and how difficult it is to detect them - either automatically or by humans. In particular, we focus on DeepFakes, Face2Face, and FaceSwap as prominent representatives for facial manipulations. We create more than half a million manipulated images respectively for each approach.
facial-recognition  fake-news  machine-learning  computer-vision  research-papers  synthetic-media 
12 days ago by lavallee
The Onion headlines could teach AI what makes satire funny | Science News
Most of the joke headlines followed a common logical structure, which West and Horvitz call “false analogy.” Words switched between spoof and serious headlines share a crucial similarity, as well as a fundamental difference.
machine-learning  fake-news  misinformation 
13 days ago by lavallee
Client-Side Context: A defense against misinformation in the encrypted WhatsApp
We expand upon our recently published proposal for how end-to-end encrypted messaging systems can address misinformation using “client-side context” while preserving privacy. Misinformation spread…
whatsapp  encryption  disinformation  fake-news 
13 days ago by javierruiz
The Computational Propaganda Project – Algorithms, Automation and Digital Politics
"The Computational Propaganda Research Project (COMPROP) investigates the interaction of algorithms, automation and politics. This work includes analysis of how tools like social media bots are used to manipulate public opinion by amplifying or repressing political content, disinformation, hate speech, and junk news."
project  research  fake-news  hate-speech  media  news 
19 days ago by ssn
WeVerify – Wider and Enhanced Verification For You
"An EU co-funded horizon 2020 project that deals with algorithm-supported verification of digital content. Start of the project: 01.12.2018 / end of the project: 30.11.2021.
fake-news  news  media  research  project  europa  h2020 
19 days ago by ssn
FANDANGO
"FAke News discovery and propagation from big Data ANalysis and artificial intelliGence Operations"
news  research  project  europa  fake-news 
19 days ago by ssn
Opinion | Dr. Google Is a Liar - The New York Times
Fake news threatens our democracy. Fake medical news threatens our lives.
healthcare  Google  fake-news 
25 days ago by PieroRivizzigno

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