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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
RBI REINS IN LOAN OVERDRIVE
FROM ALI TO HARI
WHAT’S IN A RENAME?
JUST NOT CRICKET
A Different Pitch
THE POSTMAN RINGS THRICE
SHE’S IN THE LOBBY
CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER • FROM BOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES TO POLITICIANS, NO ONE IS IMMUNE TO THE MENACE OF DEEPFAKES. IN THE WRONG HANDS, THEY ALSO HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO FOMENT UNREST. HOW DO WE GUARD OURSELVES AGAINST IT?
WHAT ARE DEEPFAKES
HOW TO DETECT A DEEPFAKE • With rapidly evolving tools, it’s getting harder to detect deepfakes. However, there are some imperfections that act as obvious giveaways
HOW DEEPFAKES ARE MADE • IN 2017, A REDDIT HANDLE CALLED ‘DEEPFAKE’ STARTED POSTING DOCTORED CLIPS THAT SWAPPED THE FACES OF CELEBRITIES WITH PORN ACTORS. THAT’S HOW THE TERM WAS COINED—THOUGH VIDEO AND IMAGE MANIPULATION IS SOMETHING WHOSE BOUNDARIES KEEP EXPANDING WITH EMERGING TECH
APPS USED TO CREATE DEEPFAKES
RECENT DEEPFAKES IN INDIA
LEGAL RECOURSE AGAINST DEEPFAKES • Though there is no specific law against deepfakes currently, the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000, the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860, and the Copyright Act, 1957, may deal with such content
“WE’VE WARNED PLATFORMS OF PROSECUTION FOR DEEPFAKES” • As the menace of deepfakes mounts across India, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the Union Minister of State for Electronics, Information Technology and of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, spoke to Group Editorial Director Raj Chengappa about the Modi government’s concerns, the actions it has taken and modifications in the law that are on the anvil. Excerpts:
THE CENTRE’S PROXY WAR • Governors in Opposition-ruled states are again in conflict with the elected governments there, forcing the judiciary to step in. A constitutional ambiguity has helped them sit endlessly on bills passed by the state legislatures
NEW ROUND: GUV vs CM
NITISH CASTS A LONG SHADOW • Having delivered on the promise of a caste-based survey in his state and proportional quota, the Bihar chief minister proceeds to make some electoral capital out of it
CASTE AND OTHER COUNTS • On November 9, Nitish made the findings of his caste-based survey public, and enhanced reservations by 15 per cent while announcing financial incentives for the poor and the homeless in Bihar
THE ELECTORAL STAKES • How the parties have fared in the past two assembly and parliamentary polls
THE SHIFTING WIND IN MALE • Indian aid and support for the Maldives have marked close ties between the two nations. But newly elected, pro-China president Mohamed Muizzu’s ‘India Out’ campaign and demand for the withdrawal of Indian personnel have New Delhi worried
INDIA’S HELPING HAND • OVER THE YEARS, INDIA HAS GIVEN THE MALDIVES VARIOUS MILITARY ASSETS, BUILT DEFENCE AND CIVILIAN INFRASTRUCTURE AND PROVIDED HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE
THE SANDWICH GENERATION • How to manage finances with elderly parents and young...