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Feb 28, 2024

How AI deepfakes threaten the 2024 elections

by Rehan Mirza, The Journalist’s Resource Last month, a robocall impersonating U.S. President Joe Biden went out to New Hampshire voters, advising them not to vote in the state’s presidential primary election.  The voice, generated by artificial intelligence, sounded quite real. “Save your vote for the November election,” the voice stated, falsely asserting that a

Feb 27, 2024

Deepfakes in South Africa: protecting your image online is the key to fighting them

ph. Deepfakes pose serious dangers. Arkadiusz Warguła/iStock Layckan Van Gensen, Stellenbosch University Leanne Manas is a familiar face on South African televisions. Towards the end of 2023 the morning news presenter’s face showed up somewhere else: in bogus news stories and fake advertisements in which “she” appeared to promote various products or get-rich-quick

Feb 22, 2024

Generation Z may not need mortgages, here’s why

ph. Ground Picture/Shutterstock Geoffrey Ditta, Universidad Nebrija Ask many Millennials – the generation currently in their late 20s to early 40s – about the possibility of home ownership and they will probably laugh in your face. The idea of getting a mortgage with just their own income is often unthinkable, and those who

Feb 19, 2024

Why the United States needs NATO – 3 things to know

Klaus W. Larres, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Former President Donald Trump has long made it clear that he deeply resents NATO, a 75-year-old military alliance that is composed of the United States and 30 other countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and France. Trump escalated his criticism of NATO

Feb 15, 2024

Gang feuds and violence may call for an olive branch

On 28 October 2003, Barcelona became the backdrop for a tragic incident that would reverberate across the Spanish port city and beyond.  Leaving his school that Tuesday afternoon, 15-year-old Ronny Tapias was shot dead by a Barcelona gang that mistakenly identified him as a member of a rival clan. Warring factions The murder

Feb 12, 2024

Azerbaijan’s attacks on Armenian heritage aim to erase an entire culture

ph. Photograph of historic town of Ani, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016, one of the few cultural enclaves of Armenian origin in Turkey that has not been destroyed. F. Camacho Padilla, Author provided Fernando Camacho Padilla, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid On 25 December 2023, the Azerbaijan parliament (the Milli Majlis)