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“, a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to fighting AI-based disinformation, announces the launch of its deepfake detection technology for reporters, and other key audiences to use ahead of the 2024 U.S. elections.  The free tool is currently available to government officials, fact checkers, campaign staff, universities, non-profits, and reporters of accredited news organizations – from progressive to conservative and everyone in between.  The organization has partnered with best-in-class technology providers, researchers, and leading academic labs to create a useful, easy to use, and highly accurate tool. Using an unprecedented model based on AI technology not previously available for public use, the deepfake detector tool allows registered users to input links from TikTok, X, Mastodon, YouTube, Reddit, Instagram, Google Drive, or Facebook to test for signs of media manipulation.’s technology has the ability to analyze suspicious media and identify deepfakes over 90% of the time across audio, images, and videos. Examples of recent deepfakes flagged by include an alleged Donald Trump arrest photo and an alleged photo of President Biden with top military personnel. In both cases, the tool indicated substantial evidence of manipulation…The launch comes amid a sharp rise in deepfakes due to the broad availability of generative AI and associated tools that facilitate manipulating and forging video, audio, images, and text.

Generative AI has made it harder for experts like journalists, academics, researchers and misinformation specialists to recognize real content from fakes. Imagine how hard it must be for the general public to do that; is a timely and much needed solution to this problem,” said Charles Salter, President & CEO of the News Literacy Project. The timing is critical as a growing number of Americans obtain their news from social media channels, as evident in a recent Pew study which found the percentage of TikTok users that get news from the platform has doubled since 2020 and is now at 43%. That same study found that over half of U.S. adults regularly get news from social media…”

Give Your Ideas Some Legs: The Positive Effect of Walking on Creative Thinking

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition © 2014 American Psychological Association 2014, Vol. 40, No. 4, 1142–115 American Psychological Association – Give Your Ideas Some Legs: The Positive Effect of Walking on Creative Thinking. Marily Oppezzo and Daniel L. Schwartz, Stanford University. “Four experiments demonstrate that walking boosts creative ideation in real time… Continue Reading

Law Archive Open Scholarship Platform Launches at Yale Law School

“Yale Law Library in collaboration with the Center for Open Science has announced the launch of Law Archive, the only free open-access platform of its kind that integrates collaboration tools, data storage, and sharing of legal scholarship. Accessible to everyone, regardless of organizational affiliation or ability to pay, Law Archive contributes to the movement to… Continue Reading

Parltrack – european initiative to improve the transparency of legislative processes

“Parltrack is a european initiative to improve the transparency of legislative processes. It combines information on dossiers, representatives, vote results and committee agendas into a unique database and allows the tracking of dossiers using email and RSS. Most of the data presented is also available for further processing in JSON format. Using Parltrack it’s easy… Continue Reading

The Economist’s glass-ceiling index

The Economist [unpaywalled – “Our annual measure of the role and influence of women in the workforce: Are working conditions getting any better for women? The Economist’s “glass-ceiling index” offers some clues. Each year, to mark International Women’s Day on March 8th, we crunch the numbers on ten indicators—from labour-force participation and salaries to paid… Continue Reading

Purpose-built AI builds better customer experiences

MIT Technology Review: “Successfully improving customer satisfaction through AI means becoming data-driven, prioritizing employee feedback and resources, and letting business goals guide technology deployment, says senior product marketing manager at NICE, Michele Carlson.In the bygone era of contact centers, the customer experience was tethered to a singular channel—the phone call. The journey began with a… Continue Reading