Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan: DoD Should Invest in Tech to Counter Deepfakes

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Jack Shanahan

Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center at the Department of Defense and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said DoD should invest in technologies to address the national security risk posed by deepfakes, C4ISRNET reported Thursday.

“We saw strong indications of how this could play out in the 2016 election, and we have every expectation that — if left unchecked — it will happen to us again,” he said of deepfakes during a panel at an AI conference hosted by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Thursday.

Shanahan also mentioned the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Media Forensics program and how it intends to help the Pentagon counter deepfakes or altered videos that could be used in disinformation campaigns.

“It’s a completely unclassified program on this very question — the question of deepfakes,” Shanahan said of the MediFor program. “It’s coming up with ways to tag and call out [disinformation regardless of medium]."

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