Scientist: Henry Ajder

Henry Ajder ESMH ScientistHenry Ajder is Head of Communications and Research Analysis at Deeptrace, a Dutch start-up that is working on building an anti-virus for deepfakes, powered by deep learning technologies for detecting and understanding fake audiovisual media.
He is the lead author of Deeptrace’s pioneering report entitled ‘The State of Deepfakes’ and writes for Tracer, an acclaimed weekly newsletter covering the latest developments in deepfakes, disinformation, and emerging cyberthreats.
Previously, Henry has worked as a researcher for Nesta’s Technology Futures programme, and holds a Master of Philosophy from Queens’ College, University of Cambridge.

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Henry Ajder about Deepfakes

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Henry Ajder about Deepfakes

The key point I would make about regulating deepfakes is that, in some cases, new laws may be needed, but much of the harm deepfakes cause is covered by existing laws, or could be covered by amending existing laws.

Deepfakes shallowfakes and speech synthesis tackling audiovisual manipulation

Deepfakes, shallowfakes and speech synthesis: tackling audiovisual manipulation

Despite alarmist news stories about deepfakes heralding the end of democracy or truth itself, the technology – for better or worse – is far from perfect, which suggests that there is still a window of opportunity to prepare society, institutions and regulatory frameworks for the moment it is.