Ghana Update and the Growing Problem of Deepfakes Cybertraps 153

  • Update from Ghana

– #2023–03–13_1100 Meeting with the Cybercrime Unit of the Ghana Police Service
– #2023–03–14_1200 Visit to 5/6 classroom at Primus Hybrid School
– #2023–03–19_1400 Pan-Africa webinar for parents
– How can parents and carers monitor their children’s online activity without infringing on their privacy?
– What are the long-term effects of excessive technology use on children’s mental and physical health?
– How can parents and carers stay informed about new technology trends and potential risks?
– What should parents and carers do if they suspect their child is being cyberbullied or harassed online?
– How can parents and carers effectively communicate with their children about technology use without creating conflict or tension?
– How can parents and carers address their own technology use and set a good example for their children?
– What is the role of peer pressure and social media in shaping children’s online behavior, and how can parents and carers help children navigate these pressures?
– How can technology be used to enhance learning and development for children, and what are some best practices for incorporating technology into education?
– How can parents and carers help children build healthy relationships with their devices and encourage offline activities and hobbies?
– What is the role of technology companies and platforms in promoting safe and responsible technology use, and how can parents and carers hold them accountable?
– The Growing Problem of Deepfakes
– News Item: New York students create a deepfake video of middle school principal saying racist things
– Details
– Target of the malicious attack was George Fischer Middle School
– In late January or early February, multiple videos were released on Tiktok, with a male voice laid over videos of Principal John Piscitella
– The voiceovers contained racist statements and threats of violence
– TikTok quickly took the videos down but not before they were seen by multiple students
– Carmel Central School District sent out a letter on February 13, 2023, alerting parents to the videos and saying “that three high-schoolers had “used artificial intelligence to impersonate the staff” and made them appear to make “inappropriate comments” in videos.”
– The school did not describe the videos, nor did it specifically mention the racist comments or threats of violence
– Simultaneous, local police closed their investigation after determining that no crime had been committed
– The District defended its response to angry parents, saying that “they were trying to balance disclosing sensitive information without generating panic”
– But parents accused the District of minimizing the videos
– The videos raise many issues, most controversial:
– Racism
– Student Privacy
– The Use and Abuse of Technology (particularly AI)
– Threats of Gun Violence
– Disciplinary action was taken against three students but District refused to say what action was taken
– Analysis
– Schools need to be more transparent about the nature of incidents like these
– We may need to consider the cost of student privacy
– These were relatively crude deepfake videos; the technology exists now to make much more convincing videos
– Additional Resources
– #2023–03–09 Principal appears to spew racist threats in disturbing video — but it never actually happened
– #2023–03–08 High Schoolers Made a Racist Deepfake of a Principal Threatening Black Students
– #2023–03–02 TikTok videos threatening Black students have Carmel parents on edge, district promising change
Fred’s presentation at ASTE about Chatbots

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