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Re: Deep Fakes, Phishing & Epistemological War - how we can help combat these.

From: Paola Di Maio <paola.dimaio@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Jun 2019 17:36:28 +0800
Message-ID: <CAMXe=SqeMPuZwpJu=HS-0hoTOJ10P=s1wTOOcN=0hvmJWo_zzQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Cc: semantic-web <semantic-web@w3.org>
Henry
Thanks for capturing and relaying this issue with a sense of urgency.  Just
recently I experienced someone take control of my keyboard via the browser
to write something by itself
on my twitter line (as if I didnt write enough silly things on my own?)  I
know this is some kind hacker informing
me that my browser is vulnerable in some friendly way
(I learned about this service from chatting to hackers themselves) I still
feel deeply violated tho, and scared.
Hope this is understood and addressed and yes, W3C should at a minimum
provide widespread awareness on this new risk. Keep us informed
PDM

On Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 4:44 PM Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net> wrote:

> In a recent article on Deep Fakes in the Washington Post,
> Assistant Prof. of Global Politics Dr. Brian Klaas, University
> College London, wrote
> "You thought 2016 was a mess? You ain't seen nothing yet.”
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> https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/14/deepfakes-are-coming-were-not-ready/
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> Deep fakes are produced by new technological breakthroughs that allows one
> to
> realistically create live videos of real people, to make them say whatever
> one
> wants them to say with the right tone of voice too. There is no turning
> back
> this technology, and this will bring us back to a pre-photographic world,
> where trust in the coherence and authorship of a story is all we have to
> go
> by for believability.
>
> But we have no good system of trust one the web. X509 certificates are
> much
> too uninformative to be of interest.  With the deployment of Let’s Encrypt
> anyone can get a free certificate. That is actually great, because it
> solves
> the problem that TLS can solve: namely that one has reached the web server
> named by the domain. But it cannot tell us anything interesting about where
> we landed, what company it is, what jurisdiction they are under, what legal
> system it is repsonbible to, and how that is related diplomatically to the
> country to which the web surfer is embedded. We do not know if that entity
> is
> in legal trouble or not. We know nothing really. Is it surprising that
> fake news and scams have completely ovewhelmed us?
>
> The tremendous growth of Phishing is just one aspect of the fake news
> problem
> that has been plaguing us recently. And the only answer is to tie the legal
> institutions in an open way into the browsing experience of every day
> users.
>
> I have detailed how this can be done in my 2nd year Phd report, and have
> also written this up as a couple of blog posts
>
> "Stopping (https) phishing"
> https://medium.com/cybersoton/stopping-https-phishing-42226ca9e7d9
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> In the thesis I have started using Abadi’s logic of "saying that” which is
> both a modal logic and a strong monad from category theory, to work out how
> one can formalize the intuitions of the Linked Data community.
>
> One thing this allows us to do is to think logically also of user
> interfaces,
> and to make actually very coherent and enticing  proposals for how one can
> make
> this information available in our everyday browsing experience. In
> "Phishing in Context - Epistemology of the screen"
> https://medium.com/cybersoton/phishing-in-context-9c84ca451314
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> The semantic web as a knowledge representation language that is
> decentralised
> is exactly the right tool to use here, as it can help us weave nations
> together
> into a web, without requiring impossible global centralisation.
>
> We have all the technology to do this. We just need to bring the right
> people together,
> a task that the W3C excels at.
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> Henry Story
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