Deepfake Education Competition Winners Announced!

Deepfake Education Competition

Winners of the Deepfake Education Competition have been selected. Thank you to everyone who participated.

The CITRIS Policy Lab and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group have announced the winners of the 2020 Deepfake Education Competition. The competition challenged students to create engaging video content to educate the public on the dangers of deepfakes—the use of AI to generate deceptive visual media depicting real people saying or doing things they did not.

San Jose State University’s Katy Jiang, ’21 MS Software Engineering, won first place. Rachel Moy, a UC Berkeley Sophomore studying Economics and Sustainability, won second place.

“We are proud to partner with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation on the Deepfake Education Challenge. Public education is critical to mitigating the effectiveness of malicious deepfakes,” says CITRIS Policy Lab Director Brandie Nonnecke.

According to a March 2019 Pew Research Center Survey, 90% of Americans believe that altered videos or images lead to confusion in public discourse. The two winning videos can be viewed below.

First place:

Deepfake in 3 Minutes | What is Deepfake? | How does it work?

Second place:

Deepfakes: What Are They? | Deepfake Education Competition

Both winners received a cash prize: $2,500 for first place, and $1,000 for second place.


The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute drive interdisciplinary innovation for social good with faculty researchers and students from four University of California campuses – Berkeley, Davis, Merced, and Santa Cruz – along with public and private partners.

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