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Mark Twain wrote: "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” This is especially relevant today. The power to produce convincing altered footage of celebrities alive and dead has passed from high end VFX production companies such as Industrial Light and Magic to the internet at large with all the attendant consequences and mischiefs of democratisation.

Introduced in January 2018 as free software, a tool called FakeApp - based on open source TensorFlow software written by Google - allows anyone with a PC, time on their hands and a little skill to produce, depending on that skill, what can be a quite convincing fake video – a 'deepfake'.

A deepfake might be a fake video of a statement by a politician or other public figure, a parody of a celebrity or film, or - human nature perhaps being what it is - most commonly, altered images of celebrities engaged in sexual acts. Very convincing fake videos of former US President Obama exist and voice reproduction technology is more advanced than many people perhaps realise. In these days of the prominence of fake news, can the law help, hinder, or is it simply irrelevant? In this presentation the various legal possibilities for control will be discussed and critically appraised.


Mark Wing has been a Senior Lecturer in Law at Solent University since 1994 specialising in intellectual property (IP) and cyber law and has published several articles mostly in the field of intellectual property and technology. He has also spent several years in legal practice advising on IP, IT and commercial law matters.

This is a joint event with the BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group and Solent University.

This event will take place in room TS201 in the Spark building, East Park Terrace. Parking is available after 4.30pm in the staff car park from the entrance in Andrews Road, on your left as you approach the Jurys Inn. Note the external doors might be closed at 6pm.