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Twenty Twenty or Nineteen EightyFour?

WE ARE APROACHING the 2020s, yet often it feels as though we are trapped in that dystopian 1984 world predicted by George Orwell back in 1948. For some years, our confidence in the news and information we see and hear has been eroded by floods of disinformation, much of which originates from our politicians and from the mainstream media who seek openly to manipulate our views. Now we face a further threat to our confidence and trust in the world, through the fast-growing digital phenomenon known as deepfakes. These deepfakes, described by Legal Hackers Scotland as ‘hyper realistic digitally falsified video and audio … likened to disinformation on steroids’, arise from the use of artificial intelligence (AI), to create realistic videos and audios which can rapidly and widely spread disinformation, particularly throughout social media.

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