Barack Obama has a new catchphrase: “digital fingerprints.” He was a major contributor to the media’s “misinformation” narrative prior to his leaving office.
In order to combat the growing number of deepfakes, the former Democrat president would like the source of digital material, such as images and videos, to be readily tracked.
In a conversation with David Axelrod on his CNN podcast, the former president declared, “That technology is available now. Therefore, the difficulties we experienced with false information in the past will return, but they will be greater during the next election cycle.”
“And the necessity for us, the general people, to be more discerning when it comes to information and news, the dire need for us to gradually develop technology to establish digital fingerprints or watermarks so we can distinguish between authentic and false information,”
The concept of identifying the source of digital information in order to combat “misinformation” is not new. This technology is already being pushed to become the industry standard by groups of IT and media corporations, including one led by Microsoft and another by Adobe.
Before he left office, President Obama contributed to the media hysteria over “fake news,” which was subsequently renamed “misinformation,” and which was used by the media, NGOs, and internet corporations as an excuse to censor conservative content.
In the hours leading up to the 2016 election, the Democrat president spoke to media outlets about the risks of “fake news,” and in the weeks that followed Donald Trump’s victory, he made public appearances to discuss the issue of “misinformation.”
The subject was not generally covered in the media before today. After that, it was widespread. And by 2020, it has become a significant component of the media and tech sector’s efforts to sway the election.