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Deepfakes: Publication Round-Up

I’m a London-based media and technology lawyer at DAC Beachcroft, and have been researching and writing about deepfakes for a few years. In light of my recent interview for Deep Fakes: Can You Trust Your Eyes? (Dispatches, Channel 4, 28 December) here is a list of my key publications about this fascinating form of synthetic media. Follow me on Twitter for more!

Last updated December 2020

Deepfakes Legal Guidance

LexisNexis (2020). This comprehensive practice note (8,000 words) provides in-depth and up-to-date legal information covering: What is a deepfake? How do deepfakes work? How are deepfakes used? What are social media platforms and search engines doing? What are the technologies that can detect deepfakes? What are the problem areas concerning technological controls? What are the problem areas concerning regulation?

Q&A: The Legal Implications and Challenges of Deepfakes

LexisNexis (2020). Overview of key areas lawyers must be aware of when working on matters concerning deepfakes. This article is also available on DAC Beachcroft’s website.

Me & My Deepfake: a closer look at image rights and our digital selves

Society of Computers and Law (2020). In this webinar, I discuss how incredibly realistic digital versions of ourselves have the potential to disrupt our personal lives, certain aspects of the law, and society more generally. An excerpt from this presentation is available here, on my website.

Do deepfakes pose a golden opportunity?

Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Oxford University Press (2019). Can a victim of an unwanted deepfake bring a lawsuit against its creator? In California, perhaps. Drawing upon my knowledge of English and Californian law, I explored whether English law should adopt California’s publicity right in the age of the deepfake. An earlier draft of this paper is also available on SSRN.

Forged authenticity: governing deepfake risks

International Risk Governance Center (2019). I attended a two-day workshop in Zurich, Switzerland to discuss deepfake risks with leading computer scientists and resarchers. This report summarizes and elaborates upon proceedings at the workshop, and will be useful for experts and non-experts alike.

Governance of and by Digital Technology

EPFL’s IRGC and Trigger Project (2020). This conference brought together leading policymakers, researchers and practitioners to discuss the rapid pace of technological change and society’s increasing reliance on digital technologies. You can download the conference proceedings here, and watch my presentation on YouTube here (link jumps to when I start to speak).

Getting to Know Deepfakes

InfoLaw Newsletter (2019). A summary of the technological, social and legal changes regarding deepfakes between 2017 and 2019.


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