Why correct information matters for humanity
As Thomas Jefferson said: “Information is the currency of democracy.” Falsely propagated information globally mounts up to USD78 billion. This demonstrates how crucial the protection of information has become for sustainable development and a balanced knowledge ecosystem. Hence, the spread of and access to valid data is a base for peaceful and inclusive societies.
The Sustainable Development Goals
Within the context of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SDG 4 “Quality Education” and SDG 16 “Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions” address the area of information ecosystems and reflect how the values of stability and accuracy constitute the mainstay of a society’s wealth.
The potential of AI for Information
Aware of the current challenges related to the accuracy and crucial value of valid information, several countries have begun to consider the potential of AI to nurture healthy knowledge ecosystems and protect their citizens. By combating threats such as disinformation with the help of AI, they encourage the dissemination and acceptance of AI technologies to raise awareness of cybersecurity and fake news.
For instance, while the EU presented policy options for regulating AI in disinformation, the US presented a project that automatically detects manipulations. Argentina started a project to improve public debate through fact-checking and education, often in collaboration with the UN.
By leveraging automation and analytic skills, information environments and their misuse can be tackled with AI by:
- Identification – AI-based identification of disinformation and accurate responding
- Analysis– Analyzing behavior on social media to identify disinformation and prevent organized networks as well as dissemination of fake news
- Dismantling– Providing guidance on facts and virtual assistance with the help of Conversational AI.