CLC Op-Ed Examines Artificial Intelligence Disinformation in Elections

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In an op-ed for The Hill, Campaign Legal Center President and Founder Trevor Potter takes a closer look at the risks associated with artificial intelligence (AI) being used to create political communications and advertising as we head into the 2024 elections. Potter’s op-ed makes the point that the ease with which AI technology can be used to make falsified content appear real may deceive voters as they prepare to head to the ballot box, which would be detrimental to truth and transparency in our democracy.

Potter’s op-ed also comes on the heels of an executive order signed by President Biden to put limits on this technology, as well as a Senate Rules Committee hearing on AI’s impact on U.S. elections. 

In order to address election-related problems that may arise with AI, Mr. Potter proposes that Congress: pass a law prohibiting the use of AI for electoral fraud and manipulation, enhance the FEC’s authority to protect our elections against fraud, and require political ads to feature a disclaimer for voters whenever AI is used to create such content.  

To learn about this issue, check out the op-ed here and view the video below of our recent panel event on this topic.