Elections FAQs

Q. Why should AI and the 2024 election matter to me?

This election will include more disinformation than we have ever seen. This disinformation created with advanced AI will be designed to sway voters with false video, phone, and fundraising letters. This is especially important in this election, which is expected to be decided by a small percentage of voters.

Q. Why is this election so different?

This election is different because of the advancements in artificial intelligence (AI). We can accomplish many more things with technology than we could four years ago. These advancements will allow regular people at home to create deceptive videos, phone calls, and letters. In the past, this type of work would require a computer programmer or someone in technology.

Q. What is the most important thing you should know?

Don't believe anything you see, read, or hear in the 2024 election, and do your research to determine what is real and what is misinformation.

Q. How is AI helpful to campaigns?

AI chatbots are helpful to provide critical information to the disabilities communities and others. AI is also used in election offices to improve voter outreach and manage voting registration.

Q. What is misinformation or disinformation?

Misinformation or disinformation is FALSE information that appears real. You will see videos including candidates doing something or saying something that never happened, for example.

Q. Who is responsible for monitoring misinformation in the election?

Unfortunately, there are no guardrails, regulations, or consequences for people creating misinformation and reaching you online, on TV, in the press, or in the mail.

Q. How are Deep Fakes created?

Deep Fakes are created with software anyone can download on a device. Deepfakes take photos, videos, or voices and make them look or sound like something they are not. For example, a photo was released of President Biden starting a fake war or former President Trump hugging Dr. Fauci. These were created with software that is simple enough.

Q. Who can a campaign target with misinformation?

A campaign can target anyone with misinformation online by targeting you based on your online behavior. For example, the data will reflect you are a woman living in a specific zip code based on your online behavior, such as social media posts.

Q. Is misinformation used only in Presidential elections?

Misinformation can be used anytime but is taking center stage with the 2024 election.

Q. How can I protect my vote?

Research, ask questions, talk to trusted friends, and seek trusted sources for news to determine if something you saw, heard, or read was real or misinformation.

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