2024 will be the biggest election year in world history. Forty countries will hold national elections, with over two billion voters heading to the polls. In this episode, two experts give us a situation report on how AI will increase the risks to our elections and our democracies.
Correction: Tristan says 2 billion people from 70 countries will be undergoing democratic elections in 2024. Seventy is accurate when non-national elections are factored in.
Carl Miller is the founder of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos in 2011 and CASM Technology in 2014, and has spent the last decade researching social media intelligence (SOCMINT), extremism, online electoral interference, radicalization, digital politics, conspiracy theories, cyber-crime, and Internet governance. He is the author of The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab (Penguin Random House), and the presenter of Power Trip: The Age of AI (Intelligence Squared).
He’s a Visiting Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, an Associate of the Imperial War Museum, Senior Research Fellow at RAND Europe, a member of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, a member of the advisory board of the Global Network on Extremism and Technology, and a member of the Challenging Pseudoscience group at the Royal Institution. He’s a member of RUSI’s States Threats Task Force, the High Level Taskforce on AI and Society at Chatham House, and the Expert Group of the European Digital Media Observatory. Carl has written for The Economist, The Sunday Times, the Times Literary Supplement, the Literary Review, Wired, New Scientist, The Telegraph, the Atlantic, and the Guardian.
Renée DiResta is the Technical Research Manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory, a cross-disciplinary program of research, teaching, and policy engagement for the study of abuse in current information technologies. Renee’s work examines the spread of narratives across social and media networks, how distinct actor types leverage the information ecosystem to exert influence, and how policy, education, and design responses can be used to mitigate manipulative dynamics.
Renee DiResta’s piece in Tech Policy Press about content integrity within President Biden’s AI executive order
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