March 28, 2024
Government Action Urged to Combat AI Deepfakes: Andrew Yang Leads Global Call

Government Action Urged to Combat AI Deepfakes: Andrew Yang Leads Global Call

A global coalition comprising over 300 technology, AI, and digital ethics experts has united to call for urgent government intervention to address the escalating threat posed by deepfakes. Highlighting the profound societal ramifications, these experts have issued a clarion call to policymakers worldwide, emphasizing the imperative need for immediate action.

The open letter, titled “Disrupting the Deepfake Supply Chain,” released on February 21, underscores the pressing necessity for governments to intervene in combating the proliferation of deepfakes. Championing the cause are luminaries from diverse domains including technology, artificial intelligence, digital ethics, and child safety.

The letter delineates three pivotal measures aimed at staunching the spread of deepfakes. Foremost among them is the advocacy for the criminalization of deepfake child pornography, irrespective of whether the depicted individuals are real or fictitious. Additionally, it calls for punitive measures against individuals knowingly involved in the creation or dissemination of harmful deepfakes. Moreover, it implores software developers and distributors to institute stringent safeguards to prevent the propagation of malicious deepfakes, with non-compliance inviting penal repercussions.

Notable signatories include Andrew Yang, the prominent United States politician and crypto advocate, esteemed cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker, and former presidents of Estonia, among numerous other luminaries hailing from nations spanning the globe.

Andrew Critch, lead author of the letter and an AI researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, underscored the existential threat posed by deepfakes to the fabric of human society. He emphasized the imperative for swift legislative action to combat this burgeoning menace.

Joy Buolamwini, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, emphasized the urgency of establishing “biometric rights” in the face of escalating algorithmic abuse, particularly affecting marginalized communities. She stressed the necessity for stringent punitive measures against egregious abuses of AI.

The initiative has garnered support from organizations such as the Machine Intelligence and Normative Theory Lab and the Center for AI Safety. While existing legislation in the United States falls short of effectively addressing the scourge of deepfakes, recent developments have spurred regulatory action. In response to viral deepfakes inundating social media platforms, lawmakers have expedited efforts to criminalize the production of deepfake images.

The swift legislative responses underscore the growing recognition of the pernicious threat posed by deepfakes, with policymakers striving to enact robust safeguards to protect against their insidious influence on society. As the battle against deepfakes intensifies, concerted global efforts are imperative to safeguard the integrity of information and preserve societal trust in an era fraught with digital deception.

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