How Lawmakers Are Addressing Deepfakes Like the Ones That Victimized Taylor Swift: Jake Morabito in The Associated Press
I would recommend to lawmakers to start with a small, prescriptive fix that can solve a tangible problem.
Jake Morabito, ALEC Communications and Technology Task Force Director, was quoted in a piece by The Associated Press on how lawmakers should respond to the problem of AI-generated deepfakes following the nonconsensual explicit and abusive images of pop singer Taylor Swift going viral across social media platforms.
“I would recommend to lawmakers to start with a small, prescriptive fix that can solve a tangible problem,” said Jake Morabito. He warns that lawmakers should not target the technology that can be used to create deepfakes, as that could shut down innovation with important other uses.
Regarding resources for lawmakers, the piece refers to ALEC model policies that serve as useful tools for lawmakers to address this issue.
ALEC has proposed model legislation that encourages states to do two things: Criminalize possession and distribution of deepfakes portraying minors in sex acts and allow victims to sue people who distribute nonconsensual deepfakes showing sexual conduct.