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senate Bill S. 2065

Should Homeland Security Conduct an Annual Study of ‘Deepfakes’?

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Deepfakes threaten legitimate news, individuals’ privacy, and businesses. As such, the government should ensure that it understands and is actively working to address this threat.

MarianToon's Opinion
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07/27/2019
We are facing National Security Threats! Montana Legislators stand against these threats! Time to put Country First! Stop Mitch McConnell from blocking legislation that will help secure our elections! Extremely Anti American behavior exhibited by Republicans especially Moscow Mitch becoming fabulously wealthy GREED!
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Robert's Opinion
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07/27/2019
We need a bipartisan group looking at video and audio media helping citizens knowing what is true and what is fake. Does anyone know what percent of fake news is coming from the White House and tweets?
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Maryjane's Opinion
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07/27/2019
The US has been/ is now TOO SLOW in defending against/ preparing for cyber & high-tech crime, which is pervasive & much more dangerous than the “old, low-tech crimes.” Security experts say the Russians, alone, have intruded into ALL 50 states, & the US electric power grid—what else??? Their unimpeded access has also encouraged others—Iran & China, according to security experts. The need for effective cyber counter measures is I M M E D I A T E!
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Argument opposed

DARPA is among the agencies that are already funding deepfake research and anti-deepfake tools, so this bill is unnecessary.

jimK's Opinion
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07/27/2019
I support the notion that deep fake and like technologies pose a threat and could very easily be used to mislead a populace and that an annual reporting of threats be made. I am concerned that DHS may not have the scientific ‘creds’ to understand what is reported and nor threats implied- but I am unsure where that should be- perhaps a digital forensics unit of the FBI. I believe that DOD sources and the NSA should contribute whatever they are permitted to, but I do not think that the repository of such reporting for homeland use can be kept by these agencies. I think it more important that DHS focus on identifying who is purposefully using these and emerging technologies to misinform and mislead the public and to publicly bring charges against them. We will of course, need to address meaningfully stiff penalties against domestic abusers and sanctions against foreign entities. On a side note, that Russian app that shows aging of a person’s photo entitles them to keep the original photos and use them in any way they choose. I often wonder if these are the source of photos showing up here on a couple of past mass ‘troll’ posting campaigns on this very site,
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burrkitty's Opinion
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07/27/2019
Duplicating DARPA’s efforts waste money. If it must be a government entity ask DARPA. Otherwise ask the hundreds of scientific researchers in the country who work on it. I know some of those folks. They are proud of their work and are happy to explain in excruciating detail if you’re willing to listen.
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Thelma's Opinion
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07/27/2019
I can’t trust my own senator. Rob, you have voted in favor of Trump and his lunacy too many times for my taste. I feel like there’s some anti-democracy, pro-trump surprise hidden in this bill. BTW, this research is already funded. So there you go.
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    We are facing National Security Threats! Montana Legislators stand against these threats! Time to put Country First! Stop Mitch McConnell from blocking legislation that will help secure our elections! Extremely Anti American behavior exhibited by Republicans especially Moscow Mitch becoming fabulously wealthy GREED!
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    I support the notion that deep fake and like technologies pose a threat and could very easily be used to mislead a populace and that an annual reporting of threats be made. I am concerned that DHS may not have the scientific ‘creds’ to understand what is reported and nor threats implied- but I am unsure where that should be- perhaps a digital forensics unit of the FBI. I believe that DOD sources and the NSA should contribute whatever they are permitted to, but I do not think that the repository of such reporting for homeland use can be kept by these agencies. I think it more important that DHS focus on identifying who is purposefully using these and emerging technologies to misinform and mislead the public and to publicly bring charges against them. We will of course, need to address meaningfully stiff penalties against domestic abusers and sanctions against foreign entities. On a side note, that Russian app that shows aging of a person’s photo entitles them to keep the original photos and use them in any way they choose. I often wonder if these are the source of photos showing up here on a couple of past mass ‘troll’ posting campaigns on this very site,
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    Duplicating DARPA’s efforts waste money. If it must be a government entity ask DARPA. Otherwise ask the hundreds of scientific researchers in the country who work on it. I know some of those folks. They are proud of their work and are happy to explain in excruciating detail if you’re willing to listen.
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    We need a bipartisan group looking at video and audio media helping citizens knowing what is true and what is fake. Does anyone know what percent of fake news is coming from the White House and tweets?
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    I can’t trust my own senator. Rob, you have voted in favor of Trump and his lunacy too many times for my taste. I feel like there’s some anti-democracy, pro-trump surprise hidden in this bill. BTW, this research is already funded. So there you go.
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    The US has been/ is now TOO SLOW in defending against/ preparing for cyber & high-tech crime, which is pervasive & much more dangerous than the “old, low-tech crimes.” Security experts say the Russians, alone, have intruded into ALL 50 states, & the US electric power grid—what else??? Their unimpeded access has also encouraged others—Iran & China, according to security experts. The need for effective cyber counter measures is I M M E D I A T E!
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    The Deepfake Report Act of 2019 — would direct the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct an annual study of deepfakes and similar content. You would need to start with the republicans and their gerrymandering, their attack of non profits, their lock step with Trump and Russia, their voter fraud by republicans stuffing the Ballot box, their attack of the person and not the problem, the marginalization of people and their views, plus suppressing facts, the corporate control over government, the international influence of election, the sleeping with the devil.
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    I fear what will transpire if the government gets involved in categorizing news
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    Looking into “DeepFlakes” should begin in the Halls of Congress!
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    👍🏻👍🏻 Senate Bill S.2065 AKA The Deepfake Report Act of 2019 👍🏻👍🏻 I support and recommend the passage of the Senate Bill S.2065 AKA The Deepfake Report Act of 2019. Deepfakes threaten legitimate news, individuals’ privacy, and businesses. As such, the government should ensure that it understands and is actively working to address this threat. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻 S.2065 👍🏻👍🏻. 7.27.19.....
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    I am not sure DHS is the right agency to handle this. Also, the creation / distribution of deepfakes should be a crime (similar to fraud / defamation but specific to this medium) and this bill does not create a mechanism for that.
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    Do we trust anybody at HHS?
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    I fear that this administration and some members of Congress would use the information with extreme bias in their favor.
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    I support the idea, but the fact that it’s sponsor is Portman makes me suspicious it is a Trojan horse.
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    I fully support and recommend Congressman Portman’s bill on Deep Fakes. This should have been addressed before now. I support looking in Federal government, civilian, MSM, foreign governments , lobbyists. Anyone who has an agenda, disinformation campaigns . #MAGA
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    Rob Portman, as your boss and constituent, I direct you to keep homeland security in the box. Deepfakes need to be studied but homeland security is the pretend powerful "second" personal military for republican presidents who want to throw their weight around but don't have the country or military behind them.
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    Yes to Senate 2065. The study of deep fakes must be made official and well funded. We must include aggressive prosecution for the purveyors of deep fakes and their distribution via social media, mainstream media or any other form of consumption either public or private. The dangers to truth and freedom presented by this specific AI technology cannot be over emphasized.
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    Based on who is backing this I’m saying no thanks... most of the disinformation we are getting is from the White House and other Trumpets on the hill and in the Congress... I don’t trust them to clean house, investigate, or administrate anything that is not corrupt!!!
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    This is another attempt by the Republicans to cover up or try to make the FACTS look as bad as the LIES the LYING LIARS have created to keep Trump in office. Those Republicans who are BOT SPEAKING OUT ARE COMMITTING TREASON.
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    I could not say it any better than jimK day did. I completely agree with him. The very first thing that came to my mind when I read about this props all was I’m not sure if this is the right department for this.
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