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19-23 August 2024

Friday, August 23, 2024

AI - Deep fake politics

Time: 11am to 12:30pm

In partnership with Scotland’s Futures Forum

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£7.50 full price and £5 concession

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Event description

From Keir Starmer to Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Slovenian elections – they’ve all been targeted by such convincing deep fake AI generated content that politicians and the public alike are alarmed by the deceptive misinformation and its potential to destabilise democratic systems.

With a political communications industry poised to adopt new generative AI technologies at scale, who exactly is at the helm in establishing responsible norms on reliability, privacy, and accountability on political communication?

Chair: Maggie Chapman MSP, Scotland’s Futures Forum


Festival of Politics panellists

Jason Boxt is a partner at RXN Group in Washington DC. He has worked in public affairs and opinion research for more than 20 years, with expertise in communications and digital research, reputation and brand management, campaign and message development, political strategy. Jason began his career in polling and research at Roper Starch in 1999, before joining the Democratic political polling firm Global Strategy Group. Prior to coming to RXN, Jason was the founder and principal of 3W Insights, a research-driven strategic consultancy.

Robert Moran is a partner at the Brunswick Group, a critical issues advisory firm. Robert is a management consultant, communications strategist, futurist, and writer. Prior to Brunswick, Robert led Edelman’s research firm, StrategyOne. He began his career in political consulting and polling. Robert is a frequent television commentator and has appeared on BBC, Fox Business News, Australian Broadcasting, Al Jazeera, and many others. He frequently writes and speaks on future forward subject and has written three covers stories for the Mensa Bulletin. His new novel is Lincoln 2.0, which explores a near future of AI candidates.

Hannah Perry is a lead researcher in the tech policy team at Demos-the cross-party think tank focused on putting people at the heart of policymaking. Prior to the General Election, Demos launched an open letter calling on all UK political parties to form a cross-party agreement on their responsible use of generative AI and a series of papers highlighting the technology's potential impacts and possible interventions to prepare democracy for it. She has a particular interest in disinformation and media education.


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