AI for Credible Elections: A Call to Action

Biplav Srivastava · Anita Nikolich · Huan Liu · Natwar Modani · Tarmo Koppel

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Tue 14 Dec, 5:45 a.m. PST


Credible Elections are vital to democracy. How can AI help?
Artificial intelligence and machine learning have transformed modern society. It also impacts how elections are conducted in democracies, with mixed outcomes. For example, digital marketing campaigns have enabled candidates to connect with voters at scale and communicate remotely during COVID-19, but there remains
widespread concern about the spread of election disinformation as the result of AI-enabled bots and aggressive strategies. In response, we propose a workshop that will examine the challenges of credible elections globally in an academic setting with apolitical discussion of significant issues. The speakers, panels and reviewed papers
will discuss current and best practices in holding elections, tools available for candidates and experience of voters. They will highlight gaps and experience from AI-based interventions. To ground the discussion, the invited speakers and panelists are drawn from three geographies as illustrative: US - representing one of the
world’s oldest democracies; India - representing the largest democracy in the world; and Estonia - representing a country using digital technologies extensively during elections and as a facet of daily life.

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