This project aims at establishing an interdisciplinary research network on deepfakes located at the Leipzig University. Thus, the goal is to develop interdisciplinary cooperations and to strengthen the visibility of the project in the research field. Furthermore, we want to engage in networking processes with civil society. There are several phases of the project.
Development of third-party funded projects
Building on the first three project phases, the final phase 4 is devoted to the conception of further externally funded projects on deepfakes. Funding for such projects is currently on the rise. With the help of the interdisciplinary network established in phases 1 to 3, several third-party funded projects will be conceived in cooperation with scientific, economic and civil society actors. Starting points for project proposals are the reception of and the audience's handling of deepfakes, the development of detection tools for journalists and the evaluation of their usability. The development of possible innovative applications of deepfake technologies (e.g. for journalism) are also considered. All project phases serve to build up resources for the acquisition of third-party funding in a dynamic research field that offers the potential for connection to numerous calls for proposals.