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April 13: Cheapfakes – a new way of manipulation

The development of technology brings up continuous “innovations” in the areas of disinformation and manipulation. Recently, and more frequently, a new form of manipulation has resurfaced under the name ‘cheapfakes’. Unlike deepfakes, in this form, there is no fake content because it is real information but thoroughly manipulated to hurt someone. Cheapfakes change the speed of images, as was the case with US Senator Nancy Pelosi or CNN reporter Acosta. No specialized skills are required to perform these manipulations, which makes this form of fake news, a serious media manipulation threat. This form of manipulation can be achieved by using some basic computer software, which enables interference in video, audio, or photos. 

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-Dren Gërguri is a lecturer at the Department of Journalism, University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina” in Kosovo. Dren Gërguri is a lecturer at the Department of Journalism, University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina” in Kosovo. He also works as a journalist since 2009 and now, he is the editor at Paper Radio. He has held several media literacy training, fake news training, in Kosovo and other Western Balkans countries. He has lectured as a guest lecturer in some European universities, including Marburg University and the University of Wroclaw. His last publication is “Kosovo: Political Crisis, One More Challenge Alongside COVID-19“, a chapter on “Political Communication and COVID-19”, a book published by Routledge. His personal blog is: www.drengerguri.com

-Ciprian Cucu is a disinformation expert with Forum Apulum, a grassroots civic NGO from Romania. He is one of the coordinators of Fake News Hunters”, an innovative initiative to monitor the spread of misinformation and disinformation online and get insight into the most popular topics and their evolution over time. He has written several articles for LARICS - a Romanian think-tank dealing with information disorder, and has held several trainings on Media Literacy and Countering Disinformation. 

This event is co-organized by Digital Communication Network (South East Europe HUB) and World Learning and is part of DCNSEE’s Ideas in Action – Digital Engagement, a series of virtual events launched in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. DCN is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Citizen Exchanges. Digital Communication Network created in 2015, is a 7.000 member strong collaborative network that connects professionals from a variety of fields and different regions of the world, committed to have an impact in the new information space.