URGENT: πŸ›‘ Deepfakes: Time to Create Policies and Crisis Plans

Teenage girls are struggling with having their faces put on nude bodies in deepfake nudes. The ​New York Times shared ​“Teen Girls Confront an Epidemic of Deepfake Nudes in Schools” on how middle and high school girls are having classmates fabricate deepfake nude pictures of them and then sharing them.

The Washington Post shared “​AI Hustlers Stole Women's Faces to Put on Ads. The Law Can't Help Them​.” sharing how ordinary people are finding their likenesses taken and used to push offensive products and even used in deepfake pornography.

How do we protect ourselves and our children?

The only way to protect someone is to stop posting pictures on unprotected social sites in public places.

However, it is deeper than that.

A student could be completely off social media but have their photo snapped by another student in school and have the same effect. Or, for that matter, if the student is at a sporting event, a photo could also happen there.

That said, I believe that publicly posted photos will be something parents begin to balk at, understandably. I recommend that parents share photos of their children with a limited group of friends, but what about all the photos schools share on social media?

The EU AI Act

​The EU AI Act ​is being pointed at as a landmark act that many will be reviewing. This Act threatens fines of up to 6% of global revenue for violators.

The time to act is now to protect our children.

Deep Fake Crisis Plan

In the meantime, developing a ​Deepfake Crisis plan​ is wise.

For example, in March 2023, ​a principal had a deep fake video​ made of him saying racist things and posted to TikTok. The video was fabricated by students and was not true. It was fake.

Again, this issue in an election year should alarm us all and requires immediate action.

Part of this is educating people about deep fakes. We surpassed the reality threshold some time ago, and AI is just getting “better” all the time (or worse, depending on what you think of it.)

πŸ”₯I am looking for copies of deepfake school policies and crisis plans. Please let me know if you know of experts I can follow on this. As always, I'll share what I find.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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