Incident 658: The Arizona Agenda Produced a Deepfake of Kari Lake Advocating for the Publication Without Her Consent

Description: The Arizona Agenda produced a deepfake video of Republican Senate candidate Kari Lake giving a testimonial about the publication with the seeming intention of educating the general public about the dangers of deepfakes in the coming election cycle. However, the Arizona Agenda appears not to have sought Lake's consent, prompting a cease-and-desist letter from her campaign.


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Alleged: The Arizona Agenda and Hank Stephenson developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Kari Lake , General public , Journalism and Democracy.

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Daniel Atherton
Arizona newsletter makes Kari Lake deepfake · 2024
Lauren Irwin post-incident response

The Arizona Agenda, a local newsletter covering state politics, made a deepfake of Kari Lake warning readers about the "terrifying new age" of artificial intelligence (AI) interference in elections.

"Hi, I'm Kari Lake. Subscribe to the Ariz…

Deepfake Kari Lake video shows coming chaos of AI in elections · 2024
Reis Thebault post-incident response

Hank Stephenson has a finely tuned B.S. detector. The longtime journalist has made a living sussing out lies and political spin.

But even he was fooled at first when he watched the video of one of his home state's most prominent congression…

Deepfake video of Kari Lake highlights potential problem in election season · 2024

PHOENIX (AZFamily) — We’re constantly hearing about advancements in artificial intelligence, which can lead to positive things like advancements in science and medicine.

At the same time, concerns about people using it for nefarious purpose…


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