The Promise Institute Podcast

The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law

Critical conversations on human rights hosted by the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law.

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Misinformation and Synthetic Media
Dec 11 2021
Misinformation and Synthetic Media
We are witnessing a “firehose of falsehood” on the internet and in the media: mis- and disinformation that attempts to overwhelm the truth.  As deepfake and synthetic media technologies become more sophisticated and their use more prolific, it is becoming more and more vital to develop tools and systems to identify when media has been manipulated - often through fake or deceptive audio and video - to increase trust in our information ecosystem. This fourth installment of our Global Digital Rights Challenges series features Sam Gregory @SamGregory, Program Director at WITNESS @witnessorg and three Promise Fellows, Nick Levsen, Aya Dardari and Ani Setian. Hear Sam outline the work he is doing at WITNESS, including in consultation with actors in the Global South who have lived-experience of the impact of mis- and disinformation, and learn more about preparing for and pre-empting future deepfake crises by developing detection skills and ensuring equitable global access to media forensic tools. P.S. We have a small housekeeping note: The fifth conversation in this series is titled “Life Interrupted: the Impact of Internet Shutdowns” and in a way that is both oddly fitting and also unfortunate, the audio for that talk was throttled by - you guessed it - poor internet connectivity and is best enjoyed while watching the speakers in real time. It’s a fascinating exploration of the power of ISPs, government’s role in securing internet access, and the vulnerabilities when daily life relies on connectivity. Head over to our Promise Institute YouTube channel to watch Tomiwa Ilori speak with Mark Verstraete, and to round out our Global Digital Rights Challenges series.
Misinformation and Synthetic Media
Dec 11 2021
Misinformation and Synthetic Media
We are witnessing a “firehose of falsehood” on the internet and in the media: mis- and disinformation that attempts to overwhelm the truth.  As deepfake and synthetic media technologies become more sophisticated and their use more prolific, it is becoming more and more vital to develop tools and systems to identify when media has been manipulated - often through fake or deceptive audio and video - to increase trust in our information ecosystem. This fourth installment of our Global Digital Rights Challenges series features Sam Gregory @SamGregory, Program Director at WITNESS @witnessorg and three Promise Fellows, Nick Levsen, Aya Dardari and Ani Setian. Hear Sam outline the work he is doing at WITNESS, including in consultation with actors in the Global South who have lived-experience of the impact of mis- and disinformation, and learn more about preparing for and pre-empting future deepfake crises by developing detection skills and ensuring equitable global access to media forensic tools. P.S. We have a small housekeeping note: The fifth conversation in this series is titled “Life Interrupted: the Impact of Internet Shutdowns” and in a way that is both oddly fitting and also unfortunate, the audio for that talk was throttled by - you guessed it - poor internet connectivity and is best enjoyed while watching the speakers in real time. It’s a fascinating exploration of the power of ISPs, government’s role in securing internet access, and the vulnerabilities when daily life relies on connectivity. Head over to our Promise Institute YouTube channel to watch Tomiwa Ilori speak with Mark Verstraete, and to round out our Global Digital Rights Challenges series.
Slavery and the Chocolate Industry at the US Supreme Court
Nov 20 2020
Slavery and the Chocolate Industry at the US Supreme Court
In this episode of the Promise Institute podcast, international human rights lawyers Charity Ryerson, William Aceves, and Promise Institute Deputy Director Catherine Sweetser discuss the amicus briefs Ryerson and Aceves filed on behalf of fair trade chocolate companies and on behalf of foreign lawyers in the Nestle v. Doe I case currently before the Supreme Court.Charity Ryerson founded a nonprofit, Corporate Accountability Lab (CAL), after years of litigating complex international human rights cases.  Corporate Accountability Lab uses human-centered design and innovative legal thinking to work towards a world where companies are held legally accountable when they harm people and the environment. William Aceves is on the faculty at California Western School of Law where he teaches international law, human rights law, and constitutional law.  He is the author of the book The Anatomy of Torture and co-author of The Law of Consular Access.  He frequently works with and files briefs on behalf of human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, the Center for Justice and Accountability, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the American Civil Liberties Union. He is an alumnus of the UCLA School of Law.The amicus briefs filed by CAL on behalf of fair trade chocolate companies can be found here and here.The amicus brief filed by William Aceves on behalf of foreign lawyers explaining how corporate liability functions in other legal regimes can be found here.