"Don’t believe everything you see, or hear"

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Curtis Barnes
22 May 2019, Newsroom.co.nz

When it comes to the effect deepfakes and synthetic media may have on democracy, we should be bracing for impact. In this article for Newsroom, Brainbox scholars provide insight on the present and future of democracy in the digital age.

Key points:

  1. In all likelihood, it is now a matter or when, not if the internet becomes saturated with synthesised audiovisual material. Not all of this will be explicitly or deliberately misleading.

  2. Technological solutions may be inadequate to prevent or mitigate harmful effects. As well as this, there is a global shortage of digital forensic experts.

  3. Examples of political confusion and misinformation are already occurring.

  4. There are limits to which law can intervene or provide solution. Ultimately, changes to the way consumers and citizens consume and share information on the internet will be at critical to a healthy democratic future