Democracy, Deepfakes, and the AI Balancing Act

 NEWSLINE PAPER,-  The buzz around artificial intelligence (AI) has reached a crescendo, with concerns about its impact on elections and democratic processes. Deepfakes—convincing video and audio manipulations—loom large, sowing confusion and mistrust among voters. Meanwhile, regulators and security agencies in the UK grapple with safeguarding the upcoming general election from foreign interference.

Yet, amidst the alarm, we mustn’t overlook AI’s potential benefits. Hidden beneath the surface, efforts are underway to wield AI as a force for good, enhancing democracy rather than undermining it.

Spotting Deepfakes and Seizing Opportunities

Hannah O’Rourke, co-founder of Campaign Lab

Hannah O’Rourke, co-founder of Campaign Lab—a tech-savvy network with left-leaning ideals—asserts that while AI poses disinformation risks, it also presents campaign opportunities that demand attention. The key lies in responsible implementation.

Campaign Lab’s AI Journey

Campaign Lab trains Labour and Liberal Democrat campaigners to leverage ChatGPT

Campaign Lab trains Labour and Liberal Democrat campaigners to leverage ChatGPT—an AI language model—for drafting election leaflets. However, they tread carefully. Large language models sometimes “hallucinate,” conjuring up fictional content. Editing remains crucial.

Chatbots and Engaging Conversations

Experimentation is afoot. Chatbots assist canvassers in honing doorstep conversations. After all, AI is already woven into everyday tools like Microsoft Outlook and Adobe Photoshop. Why not wield it responsibly to enhance democratic discourse?


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