Rese­arch pro­ject defalsif-AI 


The rese­arch pro­ject defal­sif-AI invol­ves the deve­lo­p­ment of media foren­sic tools which offer users a first assess­ment of credi­bi­li­ty of text, image, video or audio mate­ri­al online. This takes place with the help of arti­fi­cial intelligence.

The pro­ject is espe­cial­ly focus­sed on poli­ti­cal­ly-moti­va­ted dis­in­for­ma­ti­on. This wea­kens and also threa­tens demo­cra­cy and public trust in poli­ti­cal and sta­te institutions.

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About the project

The pro­ject defal­si-AI aims to iden­ti­fy fal­se infor­ma­ti­on with the help of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence. The focus is on the deve­lo­p­ment of media-foren­sic tools, which are due to be uti­li­sed by a wide user base. The pro­ject espe­cial­ly addres­ses poli­ti­cal­ly-moti­va­ted fal­se infor­ma­ti­on, which can and often does under­mi­ne trust in democracy.

The main rese­arch focus of defal­sif-AI (detec­tion of fal­se infor­ma­ti­on via arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence) is on audio-visu­al media foren­sics, text ana­ly­sis, and the fusi­on of the­se tech­no­lo­gies with the help of AI. A lot of atten­ti­on is paid to the trans­pa­rent and inter­pre­ta­ble pre­sen­ta­ti­on of results – the final decisi­on if con­tents are “wrong” or not still lies with the users.

The goal is to demons­tra­te a valid tool for the ana­ly­sis of digi­tal con­tents online which allows a first eva­lua­ti­on of texts, images, vide­os or audio clips for vali­di­ty and authen­ti­ci­ty. The crea­tes the ground­work for fur­ther action.

The pro­ject also inclu­des an ana­ly­sis and assess­ment of the of media-foren­sic tools from the legal and socio­lo­gi­cal per­spec­ti­ve. Defal­sif-Ai is roun­ded off with the deri­va­ti­on of app­li­ca­ti­on ori­en­ted, tech­ni­cal and orga­ni­sa­tio­nal mea­su­res as well as a plan of usa­ge for the future use of legal­ly jus­ti­fied dis­in­for­ma­ti­on ana­ly­sis platforms.

The pro­ject is fun­ded by the minis­try for Finan­ce (BMF) wit­hin the KIRAS Secu­ri­ty Rese­arch pro­gram­me, and car­ri­ed out by the Aus­tri­an Rese­arch Pro­mo­ti­on Agen­cy (FFG).

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Mem­bers of consortium


mon­ths of pro­ject duration


work packa­ges


AIT (Coor­di­na­tor)

The Aus­tri­an Insti­tu­te of Tech­no­lo­gy (AIT) is the big­gest extra­mu­ral rese­arch com­pa­ny in Aus­tria and makes a con­si­derable con­tri­bu­ti­on to streng­t­he­ning the tech­no­lo­gi­cal know­ledge base in the Aus­tri­an eco­no­my, and to secu­ring Aus­tria as a loca­ti­on in inter­na­tio­nal com­pe­ti­ti­on. The cent­re for Digi­tal Safe­ty & Secu­ri­ty (DSS) rese­ar­ches IT-based solu­ti­ons for a secu­re com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on infra­st­ruc­tu­re, cri­sis manage­ment and secu­ri­ty sys­tems. The cent­re has a high­ly regar­ded posi­ti­on among natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal inno­va­ti­on pro­gram­mes of secu­ri­ty rese­arch pro­gram­mes, and builds on stra­te­gic part­ners­hips with the most important natio­nal secu­ri­ty actors (BMI and BMLVS).


Enli­teAI was foun­ded in Novem­ber 2017 with the aim to offer ser­vices to com­pa­nies rela­ted to the topic of Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence along the who­le value chain – from stra­te­gy advice to con­cept crea­ti­on and up to app­lied rese­arch and crea­ti­on of pro­to­ty­pes. The team of indus­try and tech­no­lo­gy experts bring years of expe­ri­ence in the sec­tors of deep lear­ning, stra­te­gy advice and soft­ware deve­lo­p­ment. The swift deve­lo­p­ment in the sec­tors of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence are con­si­de­red by many experts to be the most important deve­lo­p­ment of our time, with the most far-reaching con­se­quen­ces respec­tively oppor­tu­nities for all bran­ches of indus­try. Enli­teAI wants to acce­le­ra­te the­se deve­lo­p­ments for its cus­to­mers – regard­less of size – and make them AI lea­ders in their sectors.

Danu­be Uni­ver­si­ty Krems

The Depart­ment for E‑Governance and Admi­nis­tra­ti­on at the Danu­be Uni­ver­si­ty Krems (DUK) rese­ar­ches the effects of the digi­tal and social chan­ge on stra­te­gy, orga­ni­sa­ti­on and pro­ces­ses. The rese­ar­chers in the depart­ment have com­pe­ten­ces in law, tech­no­lo­gy, and in poli­ti­cal, social and eco­no­mic sci­en­ces. The stu­dents’ clo­se con­nec­tion with the real-world prac­ti­ce of their sub­ject allows for the trans­fer of cur­rent sci­en­ti­fic issu­es from real-life issu­es into sci­en­ti­fic rese­arch. The rese­arch results are then taken back to socie­ty, ser­ving to sen­si­ti­se the issu­es of chan­ging socio-tech­no­lo­gi­cal and legal gover­nan­ce struc­tures and forming the basis for decisi­ons in admi­nis­tra­ti­on, poli­tics, eco­no­mics, sci­ence and society.

Rese­arch insti­tu­te – Digi­tal Human Rights Center

The Rese­arch Insti­tu­te AG & Co KG (RI) is a rese­arch and con­sul­tancy com­pa­ny at the inter­sec­tion bet­ween tech­no­lo­gy, law and socie­ty, which has been ope­ra­ting sin­ce 2012. The insti­tu­te is con­cer­ned ques­ti­ons of pro­tec­ting basic rights in the digi­tal age through a mul­ti- and inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry lens. This inclu­des tech­ni­cal, legal and orga­ni­sa­tio­nal aspects of data pro­tec­tion and data secu­ri­ty, as well as ques­ti­ons of tech­no­lo­gi­cal assess­ment, cyber crime and net policy.

Aus­tri­an Chancellor’s Office

The Chancellor’s Office is taking part in the plan­ned KIRAS defal­sif-AI pro­ject as a public sec­tor con­su­mer, and pro­vi­ding exper­ti­se to the extent agreed in the application.

Minis­try for Defence

The respon­si­bi­li­ties of the Aus­tri­an army are deri­ved from legal and poli­ti­cal pro­vi­si­ons. In essence, they are dic­ta­ted by the defence law. In addi­ti­on, it is beco­m­ing incre­a­singly important for the army that Aus­tria is mem­ber of the EU, and in the Part­ners­hip for Peace (PfP). The minis­try for defence will be par­ti­ci­pa­ting in the plan­ned pro­ject as a user and pro­vi­der of exper­ti­se and will be pro­vi­ding know-how and pro­fes­sio­nal skills to the extent agreed in the application.

Minis­try for Euro­pean and Inter­na­tio­nal Affairs

The minis­try for Euro­pean and inter­na­tio­nal affairs (BMEIA) will be taking part in the KIRAS defal­sif-AI pro­ject as a public sec­tor con­su­mer, and pro­vi­ding exper­ti­se to the extent agreed in the application.

ORF – Aus­tri­an Broad­cas­ting Corporation

The ORF is the Aus­tri­an mar­ket and qua­li­ty lea­der in its ful­film­ent of its public ser­vice man­da­te with an exten­si­ve ran­ge of pro­gram­mes in radio, tele­vi­si­on and online – and one of the most suc­cess­ful public ser­vice pro­vi­ders in Euro­pe. As an inde­pen­dent public media com­pa­ny, the ORF is balan­ced and not pro­fit-ori­en­ted. The public sec­tor man­da­te of the ORF is laid down in ORF law. The ORF employs 3,000 peop­le in ele­ven loca­ti­ons in Aus­tria and 16 around the world.

APA – Aus­tria Press Agency

The APA – Aus­tria Press Agen­cy is the natio­nal news agen­cy and the lea­ding infor­ma­ti­on pro­vi­der in Aus­tria. It is in the hands of 12 Aus­tri­an news­pa­pers and the ORF. The APA group is made up of the coope­ra­tively-orga­nis­ed news agen­cy and three hund­red-per­cent sub­si­dia­ries, and covers the fiel­ds of news agen­cy, infor­ma­ti­on agen­cy, and tech­no­lo­gy agen­cy. The APA edi­to­ri­al offices pro­vi­de real-time news ser­vices in text, image, audio and video for­mats, and the sub­si­dia­ries offer dis­tri­bu­ti­on, rese­arch and infor­ma­ti­on manage­ment, as well as infor­ma­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy solutions.

The pro­ject is fun­ded by the minis­try for Finan­ce (BMF) wit­hin the KIRAS Secu­ri­ty Rese­arch pro­gram­me, and car­ri­ed out by the Aus­tri­an Rese­arch Pro­mo­ti­on Agen­cy (FFG).

Mile­stones – From  pro­ject pro­po­sal to completion

Pro­ject start 10/2020

Defi­ne and spe­ci­fy sce­n­a­ri­os of requirements

Ite­ra­ti­ve con­cep­ti­on 02/2021

Pro­of of con­cept – conception

Demons­tra­ti­on 09/2021

Pro­of of con­cept – ite­ra­ti­ve demonstration

Eva­lua­ti­on 07/2022

Pro­of of con­cept – evaluation

Rese­arch: What defal­sif-AI is all about (Video: YouTube)

Docu­ments for Download 

mdi-download Handout - Facts & Figures on project defalsif-AI Handout - defalsif-AI PDF/1 MB

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Plea­se note: All pro­ces­sing acti­vi­ties con­cer­ning per­so­nal data car­ri­ed out wit­hin the frame­work of the rese­arch pro­ject defal­sif-AI are based on § 2d Abs 2 Rese­arch Orga­ni­sa­tio­nal Act (For­schungs­or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons­ge­setz).