Monoray has acquired Deep Fakes and the Infocalypse: What You Urgently Need To Know by political commentator Nina Schick.
Jake Lingwood, Monoray publisher, acquired world all language rights from Martin Redfern at Northbank Talent Management, with Sean Desmond at Grand Central imprint, Twelve, jointly acquiring North American English rights. The book will be published on 9th July 2020 at £8.99.
In Deep Fakes and the Infocalypse, Schick warns of impending information overload—branded the "Infocalypse"—and explains the dangerous political consequences of this, both in terms of national security and what it means for public trust in politics. According to the book's synopsis, the author will reveal how Deep Fakes [convincing fake audio and video] will be used "to intimidate and to silence, for revenge and fraud", and how unprepared governments and tech companies are. In the book she will draw on her experience as a political advisor to tech companies and to global leaders including Joe Biden to tell readers what they need to do to prepare and protect themselves.
According to the Octopus Publishing Group, which houses Monoray, the book is being rushed out for July because it is so timely.
Lingwood said of the acquisition: "We are facing an impending crisis of information chaos and governments and businesses are doing very little about it. Nina Schick can brilliantly articulate the threat and is at the forefront of thinking about how we prepare ourselves. We believe everyone needs to urgently read this book, so we are rushing it in paperback out for July 2020."
Schick, who has also worked at the heart of historic campaigns, including on the presidential campaign, the Brexit referendum and with Emmanuel Macron, commented: "We are completely unprepared for the ‘Infocalypse,’ the coming deluge of AI generated fake media that will overwhelm how we perceive the World, while simultaneously opening up new frontiers of attack against our governments, business and us as individuals. This trend is permanent and accelerating—so we must prepare ourselves now. I'm delighted to be working with Jake Lingwood at Monoray and Sean Desmond at Twelve to shed a light on this salient and universal theme."