Daily Bread for 2.16.20

Good morning.

Sunday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of thirty-three.  Sunrise is 6:49 AM and sunset 5:27 PM, for 10h 38m 18s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 43.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand one hundred ninety-fifth day.

  On this day in 1862, Grant is victorious at the Battle of Fort Donelson: “The capture of Forts Henry and Donelson were the first significant Union victories in the war and opened two great rivers to invasion in the heartland of the South. Grant was promoted to major general of volunteers, second in seniority only to Henry W. Halleck in the West.”

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Bruce Vielmetti reports In race with questions about true residency, 2 challengers seek to unseat Scott Walker court appointee:

Two candidates in the race for circuit judge want the job badly enough that they say they’re living in Milwaukee County apart from their families, and a third has exploited that fact as he campaigns.

For more than 20 years, incumbent Paul Dedinsky and his family lived in Waukesha County. His wife and children still do, but he says he has relocated to his parents’ home in Whitefish Bay, on Milwaukee County’s north shore, since former Gov. Scott Walker appointed him to the bench in late 2018.

Brett Blomme’s husband and two children live in Dane County but Blomme says his domicile is a home the couple also owns near North 68th and West Burleigh streets in Milwaukee.

At a recent candidates’ forum, Zach Whitney said he lives in Milwaukee because he “loves it, not because I’m running for judge.”

Danielle Citron explains How Campaigns Can Counter Deepfakes:

“Within months, technologists say, it will be impossible…to detect deepfakes” with counter-technology, says Danielle Citron,  a [Boston University] School of Law professor of law, a MacArthur Fellow (an award commonly called a genius grant), and vice president of the nonprofit Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI). The sheer volume of different ways to make deepfakes will confound efforts to detect them “and therefore to filter and block them,” she says. So Citron has devised an eight-point plan for political campaigns this election year, from president to dogcatcher, to protect against this cyber-sabotage.

The plan includes campaigns pledging not to disseminate deepfakes knowingly; designating a rapid-response team of media and legal staffers to manage a deepfake incident (something few campaigns have done); establishing “points-of-contact” both at technology companies whose platforms might be used for deepfakes and with media fact-checkers, to understand their verification procedures; and preparing “contingency web content” to counter and correct a deepfake attack.

Distinguishing between deepfakes and other forms of political lies is important, Citron says. The video of Nancy Pelosi released last year, where the US Speaker of the House appeared to speak haltingly, as if cognitively impaired, was a real video that was altered and slowed down. While damaging and misleading, that’s not a deepfake, where the video is a manufactured avatar of the person it impersonates.

Technology is coming that will enable manufactured sex videos of people who never did what’s depicted in the videos, Citron warns. BU Today spoke with Citron about her eight-point plan, the 2020 campaign, and the perilous state of technology.

(Full article enumerates the proposal.)

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