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The dangers of deepfakes and the need for norms around trust

Get insights on the latest news about emerging trends in cyberspace from Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director at Stanford University's Cyber Policy Center and former European Parliamentarian.

Have you seen the Tom Cruise deepfake and how dangerous is this technology?

Well, I did see the deepfake with Tom Cruise and it certainly looked more convincing than ones I'd previously seen with President Obama, Vladimir Putin, or Donald Trump. Clearly, this technology is growing more sophisticated and deepfakes more convincing. And it's dangerous when people cannot tell authentic, trustworthy messages from deceptive and manipulated ones. With AI generated text, we know that people cannot distinguish machine generated from human generated.

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Pakistan to unblock social media app TikTok after it vows to moderate content

October 19, 2020 7:36 PM

The move comes some 10 days after Pakistan blocked TikTok for failing to block "immoral and indecent" content.

Pakistan to block social media app TikTok for 'immoral' content

October 09, 2020 8:54 PM

ISLAMABAD (REUTERS) - Pakistan has decided to block social media App TikTok for failing to filter out "immoral"content, three top government officials said on Friday (Oct 9).

China threatens to kill TikTok deal over 'dirty' Trump tactics

September 24, 2020 9:13 AM

BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) - Just a few days ago, the TikTok deal looked like a win for China.

ByteDance applies for tech export licence in China amid TikTok deal talks

September 24, 2020 8:27 AM

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - TikTok owner ByteDance has applied for a licence in China in line with the country’s tech export requirements, as it strives to seal a deal with Oracle Corp and Walmart Inc for TikTok’s US operations to stave off a US ban on the app.

Chinese state media blasts US over TikTok 'extortion'

September 24, 2020 5:00 AM

BEIJING • Chinese state media has blasted Oracle's proposed deal with the video-sharing app TikTok, calling the agreement hammered out under pressure from the Trump administration a "dirty and underhanded trick".

TikTok to ban ads that amplify body shaming

September 23, 2020 9:51 PM

BENGALURU (REUTERS) - TikTok will ban ads that promote fasting apps and weight loss supplements, as part of its policy to restrict ads of products that amplify body shaming, the company said on Wednesday (Sept 23).

US-China: Temperature rising

Over the past eight days, the US-China relationship got notably hotter. None of the new developments detailed below is big enough by itself to kill hopes for better relations next year, but collectively they point in a dangerous direction.

US jabs over Hong Kong: On September 14, the US State Department issued a travel warning for the city because of what it calls China's "arbitrary enforcement of local laws" by police. The US is closely monitoring the case of 10 people detained by China while attempting to flee to Taiwan by boat. China's response to US criticism of its new security law in Hong Kong remains muted. That could change if relations deteriorate further.

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