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Artificial Intelligence, Misinformation and Democracy

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February 21 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EST

Location: TC (Tech Center) 221 & TC 222


Since the launch of ChatGPT last Fall, the general public has been increasingly aware of the newest generation of artificial intelligence technologies: large-language models and image-generation models that can produce detailed, human-like text or images in response to a brief prompt. This session will focus first on establishing common knowledge on the capacities of generative A.I. models and how they have been or could be used in a range of civic engagement activities. Then participants will use A.I. tools such as ChatGPT and/or Bard to experiment with some of these activities (including general information queries, argument generation, and topic summarization), and evaluate the A.I.-generated information for accuracy and/or efficacy. As a wrap-up, the session will discuss findings, challenges, and surprises of the activity, before touching back on strategies for staying aware and informed online as well as the opportunities and threats generative A.I. models may pose to democratic institutions and society at large.


This session Artificial Intelligence, Misinformation and Democracy is offered as one of six concurrent breakout sessions.

Learn more about the other five sessions:
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Building Bridges: How Campus Policing can lead the way toward American Police Reform
The Lost Generations: Experiences of the Lebanese Diaspora in the United States Public Premiere
A Conversation with Community Leaders in Washington

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February 21
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Pax Gutierrez-Neal

Dr. Pax Gutierrez-Neal

Writing Center Director & PAL Tutoring Coordinator
Amanda Holland-Minkley

Dr. Amanda Holland-Minkley

Amanda M. Holland-Minkley is a professor in the Department of Computing and Information Studies. She teaches courses in...
John Ladd

Dr. John Ladd

John R. Ladd is an assistant professor in the department of Computing and Information Studies. He teaches and...