For years, Hany Farid has been warning Congress, the media, and anyone else who would listen that society is losing the battle against disinformation online.

With the rise of sophisticated, hyper-realistic deepfakes and other forms of manipulated media and the approaching 2020 presidential election, his warnings seem more prescient than ever. Farid, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s electrical engineering & computer science program, is among the foremost experts in digital forensics — the practice of developing technology that can identify doctored media.

On Thursday, Farid’s going to give a keynote address on digital forensics at the Spark + AI Summit. Futurism caught up with him in advance to learn what he sees as the greatest digital threats and how to combat them. Our conversation, lightly condensed and edited for clarity, is below.

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