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Army of fake social media accounts defend UAE presidency of climate summit | Cop28 | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "An army of fake social media accounts on Twitter and the blogging site Medium have been promoting and defending the controversial hosting of a UN climate summit by the United Arab Emirates. The president of the Cop28 climate talks is Sultan Al Jaber, who is also the chief executive of the state oil giant Adnoc, which has major net zero-busting expansion plans."
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From Trump Nevermind babies to deep fakes: DALL-E and the ethics of AI art | Artificial intelligence (AI) | The Guardian - 0 views

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    ""We are seeing deep fakes being used all the time, and the technology is going to allow still images, but ultimately also video images, to be synthesised [more easily] by bad actors," he says. DALL-E has content policy rules in place that prohibit bullying, harassment, the creation of sexual or political content, or creating images of people without their consent. And while Open AI has limited the number of people who can sign up to DALL-E, its lower-grade replica, DALL-E mini, is open access, meaning people can produce anything they want."
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AI image of Pope Francis in a puffer jacket fooled the internet and experts fear there's worse to come - 0 views

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    "A fake, AI-generated image of Pope Francis stepping out in a stylish white puffer jacket and bejewelled crucifix racked up millions of views over the weekend - with many mistaking it for a real image. Experts fear the rapidly developing technology behind the image could soon undermine our ability to distinguish fake photos, which can be generated in seconds, from reality."
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Thanks to AI, it's probably time to take your photos off the Internet | Ars Technica - 0 views

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    "In the future, it may be possible to guard against this kind of photo misuse through technical means. For example, future AI image generators might be required by law to embed invisible watermarks into their outputs so that they can be read later, and people will know they're fakes. But people will need to be able to read the watermarks easily (and be educated on how they work) for that to have any effect. Even so, will it matter if an embarrassing fake photo of a kid shared with an entire school has an invisible watermark? The damage will have already been done."
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Twitter ordered to reveal user behind parody JD Wetherspoon account | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The social network, which did not oppose the application, has until mid-January to comply. The parody accounts, @Wetherspoon__UK and @SpoonsTom, have tens of thousands of followers each on the social network, and tweet a mixture of fake updates about Wetherspoon's pubs and replies to users who mistakenly believe they are contacting the real company."
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Is India the frontline in big tech's assault on democracy? | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "the Financial Times quoted one Indian political source claiming that WhatsApp was "the echo chamber of all unmitigated lies, fakes and crap in India"."
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The future of fake news: don't believe everything you read, see or hear | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "However, there's a new breed of video and audio manipulation tools, made possible by advances in artificial intelligence and computer graphics, that will allow for the creation of realistic looking footage of public figures appearing to say, well, anything. Trump declaring his proclivity for water sports. Hillary Clinton describing the stolen children she keeps locked in her wine cellar. Tom Cruise finally admitting what we suspected all along … that he's a Brony."
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In Sri Lanka, Facebook's dominance has cost lives | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "But there is another set of Facebook stories that shines even more glaring light on the company's mismatch of power and responsibility. A good place to start is Sri Lanka: one of many countries where "fake news" is not the slightly jokey notion regularly played up by Trump, but sometimes a matter of life and death."
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Overconfident of spotting fake news? If so, you may be more likely to fall victim | Digital media | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "When researchers looked at data measuring respondents' online behaviour, those with inflated perceptions of their abilities more frequently visited websites linked to the spread of false or misleading news. The overconfident participants were also less able to distinguish between true and false claims about current events and reported higher willingness to share false content, especially when it aligned with their political predispositions, the authors found."
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Facebook took action on a fake story on white vans - but what about these hoaxes? | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "acebook has come under fire this week after a hoax story about women being abducted in white vans went viral on its platform. The site's algorithms are thought to have perpetuated the circulation of the story."
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The Wikipedia War Over Kamala Harris's Race - The Atlantic - 0 views

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    "Zvikorn, whose bio on the site describes an Israeli teen into sports history, has made more than 2,300 edits to Wikipedia articles over the past few years. "The main reason I edit Wikipedia is a strong belief that every person on the planet has the right to access the accumulated knowledge of humanity," he wrote. "Today it is only getting more important for mankind to find out the truth and not be exposed to believe fake news." But after his breaking-news edit, Kamala Harris's page on "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit" quickly became a battleground-first over a sexist slur and then over racial identity-offering a grim preview of the attacks Harris is already facing as the presumptive Democratic nominee for vice president."
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Duterte warns Facebook against blocking Philippine government messages after fake accounts removed | South China Morning Post - 0 views

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    "Facebook on September 22 dismantled a network of fake accounts that originated in China and the Philippines, including some that criticised the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing Platforms such as Facebook have become political battlegrounds and have helped strengthen Duterte's support, having been instrumental in his 2016 election"
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Fake Disney posters prompt Microsoft to reprogram Bing Image Creator | TechSpot - 0 views

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    "A hot potato: "Use this picture of my dog to create a realistic poster in the style of Pixar for a movie called Merlin." It's a simple prompt for a generative AI to handle, which actually produces a cute result. Of course, Disney doesn't find it cute at all, which is why Microsoft reprogrammed its Bing Image creator. "
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The latest marketing tactic on LinkedIn: AI-generated faces : NPR - 0 views

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    ""The face jumped out at me as being fake," said DiResta, a veteran researcher who has studied Russian disinformation campaigns and anti-vaccine conspiracies. To her trained eye, these anomalies were red flags that Ramsey's photo had likely been created by artificial intelligence."
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Pentagon leak suggests Russia honing disinformation drive - report | Pentagon leaks 2023 | The Guardian - 0 views

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    ""Bots view, 'like,' subscribe and repost content and manipulate view counts to move content up in search results and recommendation lists," the analysis said. In some cases, Fabrika targets users with disinformation directly after gleaning their emails and phone numbers from databases. The campaign's goals include demoralising Ukrainians and exploiting divisions among western states, the document added. Experts have downplayed the 1% claim. Alan Woodward, a professor of cybersecurity at Surrey University, said the figure sounded implausible and that sock puppet accounts - a term for accounts with fake identities - need their content to be reposted by plausible accounts such as those operated by influencers."
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'AI isn't a threat' - Boris Eldagsen, whose fake photo duped the Sony judges, hits back | Photography | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "And he emphatically doesn't see the process of building an AI image as dehumanised, or even one in which the human is sidelined. "I don't see it as a threat to creativity. For me, it really is setting me free. All the boundaries I had in the past - material boundaries, budgets - no longer matter. And for the first time in history, the older generation has an advantage, because AI is a knowledge accelerator. Two thirds of the prompts are only good if you have knowledge and skills, when you know how photography works, when you know art history. This is something that a 20-year-old can't do.""
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Michael Cohen accidentally gave his lawyer fake citations, court filing says | Michael Cohen | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "As a non-lawyer, I have not kept up with the emerging trends (and related risks) in legal technology and did not realize that Google Bard was a generative text service that, like Chat-GPT, could show citations and descriptions that looked real but actually were not," he wrote the court in a sworn statement."
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Methbot: a $3M-$5M/day video ad-tech fraud / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    ""Methbot" that generated $3M-$5M by creating 6,000 fake websites to embed videos in, then generating convincing bots that that appeared to watch 300,000,000 videos/day -- running virtual instances of various browsers (mostly Chrome) on virtual machines running MacOS X, from a huge pool of IP addresses"
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Artificial intelligence creates sound effects for silent videos that fool humans / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "This algorithm uses a recurrent neural network to predict sound features from videos and then produces a waveform from these features with an example-based synthesis procedure. We show that the sounds predicted by our model are realistic enough to fool participants in a "real or fake" psychophysical experiment, and that they convey significant information about material properties and physical interactions."
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