Maryland Law Review Spring 2019 Symposium

February 1, 2019
10:00 – 4:30 pm
University of Maryland School of Law, Krongard Room

Symposium Recording


It is an age-old truism that humans lie. But now they possess the analytic skills and resources to separate fact from fiction, reality from illusion. In recent years, emerging technologies have allowed for the widespread creation and diffusion of hyper-realistic digital falsification of images, video, and audio, also referred to as “deep fakes.” Deep fakes are the tip of a very destructive iceberg, and they will be increasingly difficult to debunk. Soon it will be impossible to know if what your eyes and ears are telling you is true.

This symposium is inspired in part by Professor Danielle Citron and Professor Robert Chesney’s article, Deep Fakes: A Looming Challenge for Privacy, Democracy, and National Security, forthcoming in California Law Review, which provides the first assessment of the causes and consequences of deep fake technology.

This symposium widens the aperture to explore the full array of implications that deep fakes have on our society. We will explore a number of questions: What happens as the boundary between truth and falsity dissipates into little more than a subjective illusion? What can law, media, companies, and society do to protect democratic principles, individual reputations, national security, free expression, and intellectual property? How can individuals and online users contribute to the protection of crucial democratic values?

This symposium will bring scholars and practitioners from around the nation to address the implications for privacy, free expression, national security, copyright, and many more issues.


Financial consideration for the Maryland Law Review Symposium has been graciously provided by Microsoft Corporation. The Maryland Law Review would like to thank Ms. Sue Glueck for her support and sponsorship of our Symposium.


(9:30) 10:00am – 10:15am: Welcome Reception

  • Welcome remarks by Professor Danielle Citron & Meredith Storm, Executive Symposium Editor

10:15am – 11:00am: Keynote and Q&A

11:15am – 12:30pm Panel I – The Privacy Implications of Deep Fakes

12:45pm – 1:45pm: Lunch

2:00pm – 3:15pm: Panel II – The Role of Intellectual Property, Platforms, and Free Expression Concerns

3:30pm – 4:30pm: Panel III – National Security Implications

4:45pm – 6:15pm: Closing Reception in the Atrium

  • Closing remarks by Alexandra Botsaris, Editor in Chief

Browse the contents of Truth Decay: Deep Fakes and the Implications for Privacy, National Security and Democracy: