AI systems are used to increase the effectiveness of targeting citizens with political messages, normally through digital channels. It can thereby contribute to communication bubbles, systematic misinformation and polarization. In that way, AI affects and may damage democratic decision-making dynamics.
Research within this theme will focus on the question:
The impact of AI-mediated communication and systems on democratic processes, such as campaigns and media
Researcher: Claes de Vreese
The intended and unintended consequences of data-driven political campaigns for democracy
Researcher: Sanne Kruikemeier
How do algorithmic feedback loops influence the dissemination and consumption of news
Researcher: Damian Trilling
AI and political microtargeting
Researcher: Tom Dobber
The ODYCCEUS project 'opinion dynamics and cultural conflict in european spaces'
Researchers: Justus Uitermark, Petter Törnberg, Livia van Vliet, Anna Keuchenius
The phenomenon of deepfakes and their possible impact on democratic processes remains surprisingly understudied. An interdisciplinary team of UvA researchers are at the forefront of those looking into this new phenomenon.