I can’t wait to get back to attending conferences, meeting new people and hearing fascinating speakers. I also love to find great presenters and have them speak at Internet Librarian International in London whenever that is possible again!

I was fascinated to read about the Top Technology Trends session at the American Library Associaton’s Midwinter Conference which took a very different and fascinating tack this year. Rather than highlighting a range of new services or gadgets, the panel’s goal this time was to talk about the dangers inherent in some of the technologies that libraries might be interested in using mainly deepfakes, surveillance and biometrics.

John Mack Freeman talked about the main danger of deepfakes in that they create distrust in forms of media—namely, photos and videos—that were traditionally trusted.

This makes information literacy more complex, librarians can’t just tell students and patrons to think critically.

“In my opinion, our current information literacy

tools are not up to the challenge of widespread synthetic media.”

John Mack Freeman

The panelists were John Mack Freeman, Jeanie Austin, Callan Bignoli


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