Panel talk - Alternative facts; falsifying the image in the era of Deep Fakes

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Panel - Alternative facts; falsifying the image in the era of Deep Fakes

Date: 17 May 2020
Time: 12pm Sydney/
3am London/ 10pm 16 May New York
Locations: Online
Cost: Free, donations welcome

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With Helen Vatsikopoulos (moderator), David Dare Parker, Anne Kruger, John Penn II and Dr Gregory Ferris
Can you believe anything you see anymore? Falsifying the image in the era of Deep Fakes. 
Truth, and the search for truth in media, has never been so heavily questioned and discussed. Technology has made it easier to doctor and alter images. Join the panel as they discuss the importance of truth and the falsification of image.  

Dr Helen Vatsikopoulos is a Walkley Award winning journalist, documentary maker and academic teaching Journalism at the University of Technology Sydney.


Anne Kruger is First Draft Australia's bureau editor. Global misinformation experts First Draft bureau in the Asia-Pacific region is located at the Centre for Media Transition at the University of Technology Sydney.

Dr Gregory Ferris is a media ‘construct-ant’ who works across a variety of media environments, including interactive media, installation, virtual reality and traditional moving image. He’s worked consistently in the industry and teaches at the University of Technology Sydney.

A Walkley Award-winning photojournalist, David Dare Parker has photographed for many national and international magazines throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Australasia. Publications include LeMonde, Stern, L'Express, Focus, Australian Geographic, The Bulletin, The New York Times, Fortune and Time Australia. He is featured in the Australian War Memorial book Contact – Australian War Photographers and WAR: Degree South.

John Penn II, Senior Solutions Architect for Law Enforcement Technologies at Adobe Systems Incorporated in San Jose, California, has spent nearly four decades writing software. He has been at Adobe for over 20 years with half that time being spent as a Sr. Computer Scientist on Photoshop. After attending the first Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Conference, John was so profoundly affected by what he heard that he moved into what has become the most challenging, rewarding chapter of his career: Victim Identification and Digital Media Analysis for law enforcement. 

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May 17th, 2020 12:00 PM through  1:00 PM
Online broadcast
Sydney, NSW
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