India Accelerates Deepfakes Regulations Amid Global AI Governance Wave

India Accelerates Deepfakes Regulations


News Source: Cointelegraph

In a recent development, India has taken strides in formulating regulations to monitor deepfakes, as disclosed by the country’s Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics, and Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw, on November 23. The announcement builds upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s expressed concerns about the technology a day earlier.

During discussions with academics, industry associations, and social media firms, Vaishnaw conveyed the Indian government’s aim to finalize the regulations in the coming weeks, as reported by Reuters.


Deepfakes Meaning

Deepfakes are simply sophisticated AI-generated videos or audio recordings that manipulate a person’s likeness and voice in existing content, are the focal point of these regulatory efforts. They are used to Mimick and imitate a real persona, using exact replica of their looks, voice and motion either in video formats, images and even voice recordings, making them very dangerous when used in the hands of criminals.

In Modi’s initial remarks during a G20 virtual summit, he called for international collaboration in regulating AI and highlighted apprehensions about the adverse societal impacts of deepfakes. Vaishnaw, in the report, outlined that the regulatory drafting process will weigh penalties for both the individual uploading the content and the social media platform hosting it. This development aligns with a global trend, with nations scrambling to establish regulations for governing AI.

In October, U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order mandating developers of AI systems with potential risks to national security, the economy, public health, or safety to share safety test results with the U.S. government before public release.



On the global stage, the United Nations has formed a 39-member advisory body to address governance challenges in AI, and European legislators are poised to review draft rules for potential approval next month. In November, Canada’s primary national intelligence agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, expressed concerns about disinformation campaigns employing AI deepfakes across the internet.

Meanwhile, in August, the Chinese police intensified scrutiny of the Web3 sector, revealing 79 cases of fraud involving deepfake AI, leading to the arrest of 515 individuals, according to Jinfeng Sun, the political commissar of the Network Security Bureau.

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