Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology joined forces to award $750,000 to seven organizations, including ones that help detect deepfake videos and promote open access of government data.
Last week, Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and the MIT Media Lab announced seven winners of their first “AI and the News: An Open Challenge” competition. Each winner received a grant to help with the development of technology platforms that address the problem of misinformation in society.
The two Boston-area schools teamed up and funded the challenge through their joint Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative, said Tim Hwang, director of the initiative at the Berkman Klein Center and the MIT Media Lab. The initiative, launched two years ago, offers a broad perspective of AI and ethics.
RIT’s Deepfake Detection
Harvard and MIT also gave $100,000 to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to create deepfake-detecting software to help journalists identify fraudulent videos. Cybersecurity experts and lawyers have recently sounded the alarm over deepfakes and the litigation implications they may pose. [read more]