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Election Disinformation: What you need to know and how to combat it

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Given the concerns about how AI could potentially affect disinformation campaigns targeting candidates in upcoming elections, we commissioned a short paper on disinformation and what strategies can help limit the impact of these forms of attack.

It is important to put these and other threats to the democratic process into proper perspective, especially as the hype around what AI can and cannot do grows in parallel.

The U.S. Director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines, detailed these types of election threats during a congressional hearing, highlighting specifically that new AI technologies can create realistic deepfakes targeting candidates and commercial firms, but also noted that the U.S. government “has never been better prepared” to protect elections.  

Additionally, Ciaran Martin, the former chief executive of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), pointed out that propagating the notion that adversaries are successfully interfering in elections, without providing evidence, is dangerous. To that end, governments should remain vigilant but be careful about overreacting regarding election interference risks.

The last thing democracy needs is to question the integrity of an election with no evidence.

Download the free disinformation paper and learn more about the types of disinformation in use and emerging, and how campaigns can fight it if appropriate.

Disinformation_In_Elections Paper-2024
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