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    She told GLAMOUR: "For me it's a very clear marker of the way in which women are having to deal with very difficult forms...

    Nudification Internet Trend: AI Tools Which ‘Undress’ Womens Photos

    She told GLAMOUR: “For me it’s a very clear marker of the way in which women are having to deal with very difficult forms of abuse now, abuse which is constructed to be below the radar and above the law. 

    “The issue of ‘deep fake’ and ‘nudification’ software is just part of that, but it’s the part that I’m trying to focus on to demonstrate the broader need for new laws to stop the images of women being used to humiliate them, degrade them and to frighten them.”

    What are the current laws regarding image-based abuse?

    The conversation around online sexual abuse has been a long one, and the first move towards making it a punishable offence came with the introduction of ‘image-based sexual abuse’ laws in 2015, which made it illegal to disclose “private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress.”

    Often referred to as ‘revenge porn’, this only relates to images or videos that were originally consented to by the victim – meaning there’s a gap in the law when it comes to deepfakes and nudification. And worse, the need for “intent to cause distress” means that perpetrators can simply say they “didn’t mean to hurt anyone” as a defence.

    While the Law Commission has recommended that the UK government strengthens the law around intimate image abuse, Miller wants to make it a sex crime, meaning anyone found guilty would have to sign the sex offenders register.

    “What I’m trying to do at the moment is to make it known that it’s an unacceptable sex crime,” says the MP. “And I think that will stop a great deal of this sort of activity, because at the moment people see it as perhaps even a joke or a laugh, or just something that the ‘lads’ do. I don’t know, maybe there are people in our society who think that.”

    She continued, “So let’s stop people casually getting involved in this. Let’s make sure that the large commercial operations see it as a crime that they cannot be involved in because it’s so unacceptable, as well as the large porn websites and large social media organisations. 

    “That would leave the law enforcement authorities with the minority who still want to undertake this sort of activity. But by not having a law in place, it just leaves the door wide open for everybody to get involved. And that really is undermining women’s role in society.”

    And while it’s important we change the laws regarding explicit fake images, the conversations around these practices need to change too, according to the MP for Basingstoke.

    “I think most people would find it unacceptable, shocking and disgraceful to think that an image would be taken and ‘nudified’ without the consent of the individual concerned, but I think the visceral impact of that – it does differ by gender, I think. I think the impact on women is far more acute, because of the way we are perhaps treated in society, this has a very profound impact, in a way which I’m not sure is completely understood. 

    “So it’s only by having these conversations, with men and women in the room, in parliament, that we can really get everybody to understand how devastating this sort of action can be. Because if at the moment, if you looked at the law – you’d be hard-pressed to think that society has a view on this at all. Which really isn’t representing fact. Most people, whether they’re men or women, would think this was a heinous crime. But the law doesn’t reflect that.”

    What to do if you think you are a victim of nudification or deepfakes

    In response to the rising problem of intimate image abuse, the UK’s Revenge Porn Helpline launched a new platform in December to help those take back control of their images. 

    UPI

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