September 27, 2019 10:30am — September 27, 2019 12:00pm

Eaton Theater | Knight Hall 1208 | Registration Required

Deepfakes use artificial intelligence to fabricate video and audio of people doing and saying things they never did or said. Hollywood has used deepfakes in movies, and museums are exploring them as ways to animate famous paintings and bring long-gone artists to life. But the same technology is being used for sexual harassment in cyberspace and threatening to foment chaos in the 2020 election cycle. How do deepfakes work? What lies ahead? What can be done? You are invited to hear from experts on these issues and engage them in discussion:

Hany Farid — Speaker
As a computer scientist at UC Berkeley, he is an expert both on the creation of deepfakes and the forensics needed to detect and defeat them.

Danielle Citron — Speaker
As a legal scholar at Boston University, she is an expert on hate crimes and sexual harassment in cyberspace and has explored the intersection of deepfakes and the law.

Dan Russell — Speaker
As Google’s “director of user happiness,” he will talk about what anyone who searches the web must do to avoid being tricked by deepfakes and to play a role in preventing their spread.


This program has been organized by the University of Maryland’s Future of Information Alliance in collaboration with these sponsors:

The Andrew and Julie Klingenstein Family Fund
and from the University of Maryland:
Philip Merrill College of Journalism
The iSchool – Maryland’s College of Information Studies
College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
College of Arts & Humanities
Office of the Provost
Office of the Vice President for Research
University Libraries

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If you have any questions, please email us at

Ira Chinoy, FIA director and associate professor, Phillip Merrill College of Journalism
Anne Rose, FIA coordinator