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Deep Fakes and National Security

  • 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

Dear Colleague:

Please join us for a panel discussion with legal and technology experts Robert Chesney and Ben Buchanan on the threat posed by “deep fake” technology. Deep fakes are realistic digital forgeries of videos, images, or audio created with machine learning techniques that can be used by malicious actors to falsely portray people saying or doing things that never happened. This briefing will include an overview and demonstration of deep fakes, followed by discussion of the challenges they pose and potential solutions.


  • Robert Chesney is the Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas School of Law. He is a co-founder and contributor to Lawfare, where he co-wrote an early article on Deep Fakes with Danielle Citron. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University and Harvard Law School.

  • Ben Buchanan is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, where he researches the intersection of cybersecurity and international relations. He has a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London as well as two degrees from Georgetown.

Staff and interns are welcome.


Adam B. Schiff

Stephanie Murphy

Background on Deep Fakes

In September, Reps. Adam Schiff, Stephanie Murphy and Carlos Curbelo sent a bipartisan letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats asking the Intelligence Community to assess the national security threats posed by “deep fake” technology. In the letter, the Members also asked Coats to identify technologies the government or private sector could use to detect or deter forgeries and to recommend actions Congress and the IC should take to address this emerging threat.