What do Kim Kardashian, Barack Obama, and Kit Harrington all have in common?
They're among the many people with evil twins on the internet.
According to Congress, it's finally time for the Department of Homeland Security to investigate the problem of deepfakes.
Nextgov reports on what Congress is trying to do:
The newly introduced bipartisan legislation aims to enhance awareness around deepfakes and “digital content forgery,” which the bills’ writers refer to as “the use of emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques, to fabricate or manipulate audio, visual, or text content with the intent to mislead.”
To do so, it directs Homeland Security to conduct in-depth research and hold public hearings to inform reports that are to be published “not later than 200 days” after the law is enacted and “every 18 months thereafter.”
Through the reports, the agency is required to assess the state of the emerging technology and how it can and is being used and abused by bad actors.