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IJSSH 2024 Vol.14(2): 58-64
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2024.14.2.1194

Examining the Societal Impact and Legislative Requirements of Deepfake Technology: A Comprehensive Study

Sami Alanazi1,*, Seemal Asif1, and Irene Moulitsas2

1. Centre of Robotics and Assembly, Cranfield University, UK
2. Centre for Computational Engineering Sciences, UK
Email: sami.alanazi@cranfield.ac.uk (S.A.); s.asif@cranfield.ac.uk (S.A.); i.moulitsas @cranfield.ac.uk (I.M.)
*Corresponding author
Manuscript received August 30, 2023; revised October 15, 2023; accepted December 21, 2023; published March 29, 2024.

Abstract—Deepfakes, highly realistic fabricated videos, images, or audios created using artificial intelligence algorithms, have gained widespread attention and raised concerns about their social impact and ethical implications. While initially seen as a source of entertainment and utilized in commercial applications, deepfake technology has increasingly been misused for creating adult content, blackmailing individuals, spreading misinformation, and manipulating memories. The negative consequences of deepfakes extend beyond individuals, impacting society as a whole, particularly during sensitive times like elections, where trust can be undermined. The paper looks at the social implications and legislative considerations for deepfakes content, with the goal of cultivating a thorough understanding of their impact on society. By highlighting the importance of enacting laws and regulations, the paper emphasizes the pressing need to control their widespread dissemination. Deepfakes have broad societal implications, especially during critical events like elections, eroding trust. This survey delves into deepfake complexities, aiming to foster understanding and emphasizing the urgency of regulation. The paper also discusses the positive outcomes of deepfake technology for intellectual property protection, highlighting the FORGE system developed to trick attackers who steal company documents. However, it emphasizes the risks posed by easily accessible websites that facilitate the creation of fake identification documents, increasing the likelihood of identity theft, criminal activities, and fraudulent transactions. Implementing restrictions on the use of deepfake technology involving children is also crucial to prevent harm and manipulation targeting minors.

Keywords—deepfakes, social implications, legislation, regulation, authenticity, misinformation, ethical implications


Cite: Sami Alanazi, Seemal Asif, and Irene Moulitsas, "Examining the Societal Impact and Legislative Requirements of Deepfake Technology: A Comprehensive Study," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 58-64, 2024.

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