Arizona election officials trained to prepare for deepfakes ahead of election

In the swing state of Arizona, election officials are being trained on how to differentiate between artificial intelligence-generated “deepfake” videos and real ones as they brace themselves for potential misinformation ahead of and during the 2024 general election.

In a December 2023 training, election officials were greeted by a video from Democratic Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes wishing them luck in the training. Deepfakes are videos in which a real person, oftentimes celebrities or politicians, are manipulated using AI to say typically false information.

“We are very excited that all of you are here,” Fontes says in the video. “You are on the front lines, and this exercise is a prime opportunity for you to hone your skills by experiencing new challenges as a team.”

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