Unpublished Cafe podcast: DeepFake and the War on Truth 2.0

Unpublished Cafe podcast: DeepFake and the War on Truth 2.0

Seeing is believing when it comes to the truth.  What happens when what you see looks real, convincingly real, but isn't?  

Earlier this week, Canada's Chief Electoral Officer, Stephane Perrault told House of Commons Committee, that there is very little in his tool box to deal with "fake news" about candidates or their parties during an election. Outright lies on social media about those seeking office can't be regulated by Elections Canada. 

We've all seen those hatchet jobs on candidates which turn their electoral dreams into nightmares. Now imagine we ratchet that up a few notches to the point where someone creates a realistic video of that candidate in say a compromising position? Perhaps infidelity or criminal actions. But, the key is; it never happened.  

Welcome to the War on Truth 2.0 and it's all driven by sophisticated technology. This is what's known as "DeepFake".  Video technology that can create video of you so realistic, that it's difficult to differentiate fact from fiction. Some of this technology has only been available to big movie companies so price made it prohibitive for most to get in.


Mark Nunnikoven

Trend Micro Cyber Security

Regina Rini

Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Moral and Social Cognition

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, York University.