Artificially Disinformed and Radicalised: How AI produced disinformation could encourage radicalisation

Thomas Williams, Maria Ioannou, Calli Tzani

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Abstract

The rapid advancements in artificial intelligence technologies have enhanced the ability for individuals who want to generate a substantial amount of seemingly genuine discussions, images and/or videos that are tailored to promote specific narratives. Unfortunately, this advancement has also provided a valuable tool for actors who seek to promote potentially harmful ideologies and share disinformation to large online audiences. By leveraging AI, these individuals can significantly enhance their recruitment efforts and bolster their perceived credibility, by producing seemingly legitimate but artificially fabricated evidence that supports their proposed narrative. This pressing issue is discussed in terms of its potentially negative consequences on the encouragement of radicalisation in users exposed to this artificially produced disinformation. Not only does it pose a risk to the integrity of people’s perception of truth, but it also has the potential to exacerbate the likelihood of radicalisation occurring.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-34
Number of pages6
JournalAssessment and Development Matters
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2024

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