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Hany Farid Breaks Down Deepfake Detection For Canadian Video Series

Hany Farid Breaks Down Deepfake Detection For Canadian Video Series

A former Alberta justice minister claims videos of him are ‘fake.’ Not everyone agrees

By Joel Dryden

Near the end of September, a series of videos were posted to social media that purported to show some familiar figures in Calgary’s political and legal worlds taking turns performing racist Indigenous caricatures.

CBC News asked another group, the Media Verification (MeVer) team, to look at the videos posted to Twitter. They applied their own deepfake detection service and three other detection algorithms to analyze the videos. Their analysis suggested that the possibility of the videos being deepfakes was very low.

Other experts in the field doubt the accuracy of online verification platforms altogether.

Hany Farid is a professor who specializes in digital forensics at the University of California, Berkeley. He also sits on TikTok’s content advisory board. 

A member of the Microsoft-led team that pioneered PhotoDNA, which is used globally to stop the spread of child sexual abuse imagery, Farid was named a lifetime fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2016 and has been referred to as the “father” of digital image forensics.

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Professor Hany Farid has a joint appointment in electrical engineering & computer sciences and the School of Information at UC Berkeley.

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