Tech Diplomacy Newsletter 2-24

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ech Diplomacy News: 2024 elections are threatened by digital deceit

Edited by Sarah Hesterman


News Roundup

Fears around artificial intelligence influencing elections are coming true, perhaps in an unexpected way. As fake robocalls aim to convince voters not to vote, deep fakes portray candidates saying something they never said, and fake images depict politicians in compromising circumstances, artificial content is certainly cause for concern. However, “AI is becoming a common scapegoat for politicians trying to fend off damaging allegations,” Pranshu Verma and Gerrit De Vynck write for The Washington Post, assessing the opportunity this presents for evading consequences and misleading the public.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is calling for a stronger response from powerful tech companies to the risks posed by AI, warning they “are already pursuing profits with a reckless disregard for human rights, personal privacy, and social impact” during last month’s World Economic Forum meeting.

How can technology cooperation revolutionize global trade? This recent report from the World Economic Forum assesses opportunities for “public-private collaboration” to improve logistics, trade finance, carbon reduction, and compliance through the use of tech like AI, digital assets, robots, and more. 

For those who want to learn more about cryptocurrency, check out this primer from Anshu Siripurapu and Noah Berman for the Council on Foreign Relations, which provides key background information and assesses debates, challenges, and government responses around the world. 

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