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An AI-era in Politics

  • Published
    24th Jan, 2024

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AI is now part of electoral processes, necessitating a fundamental redesign of civil society's core functioning.

AI Reshaping Political Landscape

  • AI-Generated Multilingual Content: Examples like HeyGen's AI video generator showcase the viral impact of AI in politics, translating voices seamlessly for broader reach.
  • Disinformation Challenges: Generative AI fuels disinformation campaigns, manipulating and micro-targeting voters, distorting truth and creating hyper-realistic fake content.
  • Global AI Impact: From AI clones in virtual rallies to experiments like The Synthetic Party in Denmark, the AI era reshapes democracy globally, challenging reality.

Silencing Civil Society

  • Targeted Silencing: Political and technological forces intentionally silence civil society, hindering discussions on power imbalances and suppressing dissent.
  • Shift to Funded Organisations: Funding-driven organisations replace grassroots movements, focusing on programs rather than mobilizing people's power to challenge systems.
  • Citizens as Clients: Civic space silencing is a risk; citizens must recognize their power extends beyond voting, emphasizing collective action for a resilient civic infrastructure.

Nurturing People-Powered Civic Action

  • Platform Safety and Regulation: AI-powered election antidotes involve improved platform safety and government regulations, providing short-term solutions.
  • Long-Term Inoculation: Civic association's capacity to represent voices, needs, and experiences offers a lasting solution, emphasizing the importance of community building and leadership.
  • Building Collective Power: Social media enables mass aggregation, but the true power lies in relational community building, drawing inspiration from models like Obama for America's grassroots army.
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