In India, WhatsApp is a weapon of antisocial hatred

Smartphones are a conduit for misinformation about the Indian election. AP Photo/Manish Swarup A general election in India, the world’s most populous democracy, seems a theoretical impossibility. Collecting the votes of nearly a billion people across a staggeringly diverse subcontinent has for more than half a century faced challenges of logistics, politics, economics, violence and […]

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How artificial intelligence systems could threaten democracy

U.S. technology giant Microsoft has teamed up with a Chinese military university to develop artificial intelligence systems that could potentially enhance government surveillance and censorship capabilities. Two U.S. senators publicly condemned the partnership, but what the National Defense Technology University of China wants from Microsoft isn’t the only concern. As my research shows, the advent […]

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As governments adopt artificial intelligence, there’s little oversight and lots of danger

Artificial intelligence systems can – if properly used – help make government more effective and responsive, improving the lives of citizens. Improperly used, however, the dystopian visions of George Orwell’s “1984” become more realistic. On their own and urged by a new presidential executive order, governments across the U.S., including state and federal agencies, are […]

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Russia isn’t the first country to protest Western control over global telecommunications

Why might a country want to cut off its internet connection? KonstantinZhuravlev/Shutterstock.com As the international community becomes increasingly concerned about misinformation and data breaches, the Russian government has announced plans to test its own, sweeping solution to the problem: disconnecting Russia from the global internet. Russian President Vladimir Putin has argued that internet administration is […]

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