‘Deepfakes’ called new election threat, with no easy fix


WASHINGTON (AP) — “Deepfake” videos pose a clear and growing threat to America’s national security, lawmakers and experts say. The question is what to do about it, and that’s not easily answered.

A House Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday served up a public warning about the deceptive powers of artificial intelligence software and offered a sobering assessment of how fast the technology is outpacing efforts to stop it.

With a crudely altered video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., fresh on everyone’s minds, lawmakers heard from experts how difficult it will be to combat these fakes and prevent them from being used to interfere in the 2020 election.

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Does the NSA put U.S. elections at risk of manipulation?


During the last presidential election, did the Obama Administration ever spy on Mitt Romney? The question was raised by Alex Tabarrok at the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution and he acknowledges that it is provocative. Until recently, he would’ve regarded it as a “loony” question, he writes, and he doesn’t think that President Obama ordered the NSA to spy on Romney for political gain.



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Road To Somewhere Divides Alaskans

Road To Somewhere Divides Alaskans 

 Alaska wants to build a 17-mile road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to connect two remote outposts.

Among the many bills Congress is considering before it recesses for the November elections is a proposed land swap between the State of Alaska and the federal government that would allow a gravel road to be built through a remote national wildlife refuge.

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