Fake News on Steroids: Can Blockchain Bring Order to the Synthetic Media Revolution?


The growing ease and speed at which synthetic media can be created and spread will catch many off guard. The term "Deepfake" may likely become a household word by the end of 2020. How can blockchains help to ensure that the content society consumes is real?

Aaron Stanley, Coindesk
Michael Casey, Coindesk
Arif Khan, Alethia.ai
Kathryn Harrison, Founder & CEO | DeepTrust Alliance


Aaron Stanley
Aaron is responsible for content development - including agenda planning, speaker recruitment and selection - for CoinDesk's Consensus events, the blockchain industry's premier conference brand, which includes the annual flagship event each May in New York, as well as Invest: Asia in Singapore and Invest: NYC, both held annually in the fall. Additionally, oversees multimedia products around the Consensus brand, including the CoinDesk Live program. He previously covered the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry as a reporter for CoinDesk and Forbes.com. Prior to that, spent four years with the Financial Times' Washington Bureau, where he focused on covering U.S. business and politics and building out interactive and multimedia products.

Michael Casey

Arif Khan

Kathryn Harrison
Kathryn Harrison is the founder and CEO of the DeepTrust Alliance, a non-profit building the solutions and ecosystem to tackle deepfakes and misinformation. Prior to founding the DeepTrust Alliance, Kathryn spent nearly a decade at IBM. She most recently served as Director of Global Product Management for IBM Blockchain Platform, where she was responsible for developing and delivering IBM’s open source contributions to Hyperledger as well as its blockchain software products. In earlier roles at IBM, Kathryn led the Payments and Blockchain team for IBM Middle East and Africa and the Smarter Cities team for IBM’s Global Business Services practice. Kathryn began her career in financial services at Gerson Lehrman Group in New York and Hong Kong. As a founding member of GLG Asia, she first led legal, political and regulatory research and then business development for the firm’s clients in Asia. Kathryn Harrison is a member of the Lauder Advisory Board at the University of Pennsylvania and previously served as the President of the Lauder Institute Alumni Association. She is a term member on the Council of Foreign Relations, an American Council on Germany Young Leader, a French American Foundation Transatlantic Forum member, and a frequent conference speaker on topics related to identity, cybersecurity, deepfakes and blockchain including IFC CEO Forum, WEF Misinformation 2020, Digital Currencies and Blockchain and the DC Blockchain Summit. Kathryn has a Bachelor of Science the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA from the Lauder Institute both at the University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys ultramarathons, NY theater, and mentoring women in technology.


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