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CDU EXPERT: Governments must crack down on AI interfering with elections

Charles Darwin University 2 mins read

12 APRIL, 2023

Who: Charles Darwin University Computational and Artificial Intelligence expert Associate Professor Niusha Shafiabady.

Topics:

  • Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, data analysis, modelling, deep learning and more. 
  • The benefits and potential misuses of Artificial Intelligence in elections.

Contact details: Call +61 8 8946 6721 or email media@cdu.edu.au to arrange an interview.

Quotes attributable to Associate Professor Niusha Shafiabady:

"AI has the power to imitate the behaviour of a system. These systems that AI can imitate from, can range from videos and people’s voices to different datasets like what ChatGPT is doing with the text data. Technology and what we are exposed to if affecting each one of us. Like it or not, we are affected by what we come across in social media platforms. The future wars are not planned by missiles or tanks, but they can easily run on social media platforms by influencing what people think and do. This applies to election results.

“Microsoft has said that the election outcomes in India, Taiwan and the US could be affected by the AI plays by powers like China or North Korea. In the world of technology, we call this disinformation, meaning producing misleading information on purpose to change people’s views. What can we do to fight these types of attacks? Well, I believe we should question what we see or read. Not everything we hear is based on the truth. Everyone should be aware of this.

“Governments should enforce more strict regulations to fight misinformation, things like: Finding triggers that show signs of unwanted interference; blocking and stopping the unauthorised or malicious trends; enforcing regulations on social media platforms to produce reports to the government to demonstrate and measure the impact and the flow of the information on the matters that affect the important issues such as elections and healthcare; and enforcing regulations on the social media platforms to monitor and stop the fake information sources or malicious actors.”


Contact details:

Raphaella Saroukos she/her
Research Communications Officer
Marketing, Media & Communications
Larrakia Country
T: +61 8 8946 6721
E: media@cdu.edu.au
W: cdu.edu.au

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