Legal Hackers Scotland: From Deepfakes to Cheap Fakes: The Erosion of Trust

We live in a world where seeing is no longer believing. Deepfakes – hyper realistic digitally falsified video and audio - have been likened to disinformation on steroids. They have a disturbing array of malicious uses and pose a dangerous threat to society as a whole.

The distortion of reality and resultant truth decay has left us woefully unprepared. How do we detect and moderate manipulated media content in a world where social media has exponentially increased the volume and speed of information flow, facilitating the proliferation of false information? Are our existing legal and policy architectures fit for purpose? What can we do as individuals to help rebuild trust in a digital world?

Theo Priestley will give a sobering talk on the consequences of a world where you can't trust what you see or hear any more, and the line between fact and fiction, especially on the internet, has become increasingly blurred.

But the fakery doesn’t stop there. Many of us have or will fall prey to online sales of fake goods. In 2016, imports of counterfeit and pirated products into Europe amounted to circa EUR 121 billion.

Fake goods know no boundaries. Counterfeit versions of lifesaving prescription medicines are being sold online by criminals adept in the art of deception, often part of wider criminal networks.

Vicky Brock will share insights on the dangers of fakes, why it's not a victimless crime, and how her latest startup, Vistalworks, is aiming to help consumers stay safe when shopping online.


18:30 - 19:00 Networking + Drinks

19:00 - 19:05 Welcome from Legal Hackers Scotland

19:05 - 19:30 "Fake it till you break it" - How deep fakes pose a threat to breaking the internet and society. (Theo Priestley)

Theo Priestley is a leading technology evangelist and self-styled Anti-Futurist. He is recognised globally as an authority on emerging business and technology trends, and is a highly sought-after keynote speaker. He has held senior positions at large, global enterprise software companies and served as a mentor in various start up accelerators, including HTC's VIVE X and Alchemist Accelerator, one of Silicon Valley's top 5 incubators. He has written for and featured in major technology publications, including Forbes, WIRED, Huffington Post, VentureBeat, Giga OM and the BBC.

Theo is an influential voice, regularly providing commentary on emerging technologies, including Virtual and Augmented Reality, FinTech, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and the Internet of Things. He is widely known for his forthright views on technology, and isn't afraid to challenge conventional thinking and hype.

19:30 – 19:40 [Break]

19:40 – 20:05 [Talk title to follow] (Vicky Brock)

Vicky Brock is a serial founder and data pioneer. She is the CEO and co-founder of consumer protection startup Vistalworks, which protects consumers from the risk of fake products, fraud and bogus sellers when shopping online.

Vicky was named Scotland's Most Inspiring Business Person of the Year at the 2017 Entrepreneurial Scotland Awards and Innovator of the Year at the 2014 FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards. Her previous company was named Top Technology Start-Up in Europe by the European Commission. Vicky is a Tech London Advocate, Women's Enterprise Scotland Ambassador, one of Computer Weekly’s Top 50 Women in IT, and was named by Forbes as one of the 9 Top Female Tech CEOs to watch. She is an advisor, mentor and non-executive director to a number of startups and non-profits. Vicky regularly speaks at tech events and has her own podcast and blog “The Entrepreneur Agony Aunt”. She is also the founder of Get Market Fit, which enables experienced entrepreneurs to work flexibly around family and work commitments, boosting return on investment from corporate innovation and spinning out new startup ventures.

20:05 - 21:00 Networking + Drinks

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Thank you Inksters, Cloch and MBN Solutions.

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