What is Semantic Forensics?

The pace of advancement in media generation and manipulation technologies is staggering. Consequently, purely statistical detection methods are no longer adequate for identifying falsified media. Detection techniques that rely on statistical fingerprints can often be deceived with minimal additional resources (e.g., algorithm development, data, or computing).

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Semantic Forensics (SemaFor) program seeks to develop innovative semantic technologies for analyzing media. These technologies include semantic detection algorithms that determine if multi-modal media assets have been generated or manipulated. Attribution algorithms infer whether multi-modal media originates from a particular organization or individual. Characterization algorithms reason about whether multi-modal media was generated or manipulated for malicious purposes. These SemaFor technologies can help detect, attribute, and characterize adversary disinformation campaigns.

More information about the SemaFor program is available on DARPA's website.

How You Can Help

Participate in AI FORCE

The AI Forensics Open Research Challenge Evaluations (AI FORCE) are a series of publicly available challenges related to generative AI capabilities. Coinciding with DARPA's goal to develop techniques to mitigate the threats posed by state-of-the-art AI systems, the AI FORCE challenges will help DARPA and the broader community work together in research that will result in safe, secure, and trustworthy AI systems.

Check out our Analytic Catalog

DARPA released an analytic catalog containing open-source resources developed under SemaFor for use by researchers and industry.

Check back often, as this page will be continually updated as new capabilities are added.

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