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L.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: Video of a current news event is presented for discussion to encourage student participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the video. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.
News Video for: 06/17/2019

Congress takes a look at the dangers of deepfakes

A Congressional committee is investigating the national security dangers of “deepfakes,” which are created by using artificial intelligence to manipulate all kinds of media. In video format, for example, face swapping technology can be combined with an audio file to create a clip showing someone saying something they never actually said. The dangers posed by these kinds of videos are amplified as the 2020 election inches closer.

Class discussion: With the addition of deepfake videos to all the doctored photos and phony news reports on the Internet, how can you tell truth from malicious fiction? Do you think deepfakes could determine the outcome of an election? Why or why not? Could they destroy someone’s reputation or career? Could you be hurt by a deepfake? Could you be fooled by one? Should social media companies be penalized for spreading phony media? How about any politician who shares false media or conspiracy theories? Should you distrust all information without verifying the source?

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