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Promises and pitfalls of artificial intelligence for democratic participation: workshop proceedings CCDSEE, GSI, University of Geneva, December 10 – 11, 2020, Virtual Event


Duberry, Jérôme; Büchi, Moritz; Berryhill, Jamie; Dormeier Freire, Alexandre; Garzia, Diego; Ghernaouti, Solange; Hanifa, Vanessa; Hamidi, Sabrya; Jain, Abhimanyu George; Kosmerlj, Aljaz; Leander, Anna; Leclère, Olivier; Lorenzini, Jasmine; Stauffer, Maxime; Stern, Nathan; Verma, Himanshu; Welp, Yanina (2020). Promises and pitfalls of artificial intelligence for democratic participation: workshop proceedings CCDSEE, GSI, University of Geneva, December 10 – 11, 2020, Virtual Event. In: Promises and pitfalls of artificial intelligence for democratic participation, University of Geneva, 10 December 2020 - 11 December 2020. Elsevier, 1-23.

Abstract

When discussing the role of digital technologies in pluralist democracies, artificial intelligence (AI) is probably the most controversial. This technology triggers the greatest hopes (e.g. AI can help making sense out of millions of comments) and at the same time raises many concerns (e.g. AI can reinforce existing biases). As AI remains quite difficult to grasp, including for those in a position to make a political decision (i.e., policy makers and citizens), the main objective of this workshop is to unpack the current promises and challenges associated with AI for democratic participation. This report presents a summary of the authors' contributions. The first session discusses conceptions of AI (the gap between reality and expectations, education challenges, and media frames). Session 2 considers promises and pitfalls of AI to foster citizen mobilization. Session 3 explores how AI can support collective intelligence processes, including civic tech. Session 4 discusses how AI transforms the role and the making of citizens. Session 5 presents key promises of AI for governments.

Abstract

When discussing the role of digital technologies in pluralist democracies, artificial intelligence (AI) is probably the most controversial. This technology triggers the greatest hopes (e.g. AI can help making sense out of millions of comments) and at the same time raises many concerns (e.g. AI can reinforce existing biases). As AI remains quite difficult to grasp, including for those in a position to make a political decision (i.e., policy makers and citizens), the main objective of this workshop is to unpack the current promises and challenges associated with AI for democratic participation. This report presents a summary of the authors' contributions. The first session discusses conceptions of AI (the gap between reality and expectations, education challenges, and media frames). Session 2 considers promises and pitfalls of AI to foster citizen mobilization. Session 3 explores how AI can support collective intelligence processes, including civic tech. Session 4 discusses how AI transforms the role and the making of citizens. Session 5 presents key promises of AI for governments.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Uncontrolled Keywords:Artificial intelligence, AI, digital technologies, political participation, citizen participation, democracy, Europe
Language:English
Event End Date:11 December 2020
Deposited On:03 Sep 2021 18:17
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 18:17
Publisher:Elsevier
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3817666

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