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Flashpoint: Digital Democracy in the Age of AI


T.H. Audrey Tang, Minister of Digital Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan)

“There are two sides to every coin. While certain emerging technologies, as we heard, bolster dictators and authoritarians, some may yet be employed to also revitalize democracy.”

– T.H. Audrey Tang

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • Understanding and mitigating the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on democratic processes is crucial, given its potential to disrupt societies and erode trust in online platforms.
  • Tools like Polis have the potential to unite divergent perspectives and facilitate collaborative problem-solving for global challenges. These platforms can contribute to diminishing divisions and elevating democratic discussions.
  • Promoting global cooperation in AI governance is necessary. This collaboration should emphasize the importance of privacy-preserving methods and cultivate partnerships between data custodians and researchers to effectively tackle potential risks associated with AI.
  • Maintaining a central focus on promoting and preserving democratic principles and human rights is crucial throughout the development and implementation of AI. This dedication ensures that AI technologies positively benefit society while safeguarding individual liberties and upholding democratic values.