Disinformation and Deepfakes

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Disinformation can take several forms, be it a digitally manipulated photograph or an anonymous ad campaign spreading false information. Faculty and students of the Center for Cybersecurity are working on several fronts to maintain image integrity, and to craft legal and regulatory responses to disinformation.Through its affiliated project, Cybersecurity for Democracy, CCS is also conducting research and disseminating information about “the online threats to our social fabric,” as well as developing strategies to counter them.

Relevant Faculty

  1. Judith Germano
  2. Rachel Greenstadt
  3. Damon McCoy
  4. Nasir Memon

Lab Links

  1. Cybersecurity for Democracy

Sample Projects/Papers/Programs

  1. Ad Observatory
  2. “It’s Time to Open The Black Box of Social Media”
  3. GOTCHA: A Challenge-Response System for Real-Time Deepfake Detection
  4. Why Seeing Must Be Believing
  5. A New Disinformation Threat: Kitty Videos
  6. Understanding Engagement with (Mis)Information News Sources on Facebook
  7. Novel Threats: Coronavirus, Cybersecurity and Misinformation


  1. Deepfakes and the Law
  2. Show Me the Truth: Countering Disinformation and Deepfakes with Digital Content Attribution
  3. Computational Disinformation Symposium Agenda