Deepfakes and the infocalypse with Nina Schick

Join us on Wednesday, August 5 for a virtual briefing with WIRED editor Greg Williams and Nina Schick, political broadcaster and author of Deep Fakes and the Infocalypse, as they explore the rise of fake news and the disturbingly outsized impact this type of misinformation has on how we think and behave – and on what we believe.

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With advances in artificial intelligence and digital alteration platforms – such as Photoshop and other social media filters – empowering media counterfeiters, the volume of deepfakes accelerate during times of crisis and major government elections. Recent examples include the first COVID-19-related deepfake, which involved Belgium’s prime minister and was created by Extinction Rebellion (XR), and the 2016 US presidential campaigns.
However, large-scale geopolitical information operations are not the only way deepfakes have infiltrated society. The use of altered videos and audios are rooted in fake pornography created to harass and humiliate its victims – most often women – with the use of face-swapping and animation.  
Join us for this 25-minute briefing with Nina Schick online here to investigate this concerning onslaught of global disinformation and how we can better prepare for it.
About Nina Schick
Nina Schick is a political commentator, advisor and public speaker, specialising in how technology is reshaping politics in the 21st century. Most recently, her work has seen her advising on the fallout generated from Russian election interference in the US (and around the world) since 2016. Nina is due to release her book, Deep fakes and the Infocalypse: What You Urgently Need to Know on August 6, 2020.

The book reveals shocking examples of deepfakery and explains the dangerous political consequences of the infocalypse, both in terms of national security and what it means for public trust in politics.


Nina has also advised global leaders including Emmanuel Macron, Joe Biden and Anders Fogh Rasmussen (the former Secretary General of NATO).
Half-German and half-Nepalese, she speaks seven languages including German, Spanish and French, and holds degrees from Cambridge University and University College London. Nina divides her time between London, Berlin and Kathmandu.
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