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How will AI impact “the year of elections”?

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SG1, Alison Richard Building Sidgwick Site, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

As nations globally approach a critical juncture with 68 countries partaking in elections, the rise of AI-generated synthetic media presents both challenges and opportunities for the electoral process. In this event experts from multidisciplinary backgrounds explored the multifaceted impact of artificial intelligence on political elections. 

They addressed the fine balance between the need for regulation and the drive for innovation in AI, alongside the media’s crucial role in ensuring accurate and fair political discourse in the face of deepfakes and disinformation. 

The panellists engaged in an insightful dialogue on shaping the integrity and future of democratic engagements through AI exploring:

  • What are the implications of AI-generated disinformation on democratic processes, and how can they be mitigated?
  • In an era of deepfakes, what strategies can be employed to maintain public trust in the media and political discourse?
  • How can policymakers and technologists collaborate to create effective regulations that encourage responsible AI innovation?

Discussion 1: Crafting the future: navigating the intersection of AI regulation and electoral innovation

  • Tom Mason, former CTO, Stability AI
  • Dr Ella McPherson, Associate Professor of the Sociology of New Media and Digital Technology, Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR)
  • Prof Gina Neff, Executive Director, Minderoo Center for Technology and Democracy

Discussion 2: Media integrity in the AI era: addressing deepfakes and misinformation

  • Kenneth Cukier, Deputy Executive Editor, The Economist
  • Dr Kerry McInerney, Research Associate, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence
  • Henry Ajder, Founder, Latent Space


  • Prof Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy and Co-Director of the Bennett Institute


  • Walter Pasquarelli, Bennett Institute Affiliated Researcher

Read event write-up: Navigating the intersection of AI regulation, electoral Integrity, and media accountability: insights from AI experts

Read blog: AI and geopolitics in elections: balancing innovation and risk

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How will AI impact the "year of elections"?

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