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Suzanne Townley

News Editor, Solicitors Journal

Deepfake research grant

Deepfake research grant


Deepfakes are threatening the reliability of evidence

A research project led by a Swansea law expert has been awarded €1.5m to examine whether the rise of ‘deepfakes’ – realistic AI-manipulated images, videos or audio – will make courts less likely to trust evidence of human rights violations recorded digitally. Such evidence has transformed how perpetrators are held to account. Through trial analysis, online experiments and mock jury trials, Professor Yvonne McDermott Rees of the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law will develop the first systematic account of trust in user-generated evidence, in the context of human rights accountability processes.