Deepfakes & Disinformation: New Challenges for Media Literacy

LSU Libraries is hosting an event on deepfakes on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. in the Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall. The event is free to attend and food will be provided.

Deepfakes use artificial intelligence to create fake audio and video, and this technology is only getting more convincing. In the past couple of years, we’ve seen how this technology has developed through humorous apps that make users look older or younger, or videos of face-swapped celebrities, but deepfakes have also been created for more nefarious purposes. How might this technology be harnessed in ways that affect our society?

Join LSU Libraries and faculty from across campus in a discussion on how it works, what challenges it presents, and how to detect it.

The program will feature these speakers:

  • Len Apcar, Wendell Gray Switzer Jr. Endowed Chair in Media Literacy, Manship School of Mass Communication
  •  John Fletcher, Billy J. Harbin Associate Professor of Theatre History, College of Music & Dramatic Arts
  • Rebecca Kelley, LSU Libraries
  • Brittany O’Neill, LSU Libraries
  • Seungwon Yang, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science and Center for Computation and Technology

For any questions, please contact Rebecca Kelley ( or Brittany O’Neill ( More information on deepfakes can be found here.

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