AI and the US Presidential Elections: How does AI affect our Democracy

Co-Sponsored by: the UK alumni clubs of Tufts and the Fletcher School

Location: Online

Date: September 30, 2020

Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Sponsor: Tufts London & The Fletcher UK Alumni Group

Cost: Free, but please register

In the space of less than a decade, the world of social media has gone from being an enabler of to a threat to democracy. While the internet can still mobilize large numbers of people to political action, it can also spew false information about candidates, suppress the vote, and affect the voter rolls and the election machinery of the state. By 2016, social media had become a weapon against democracy as opposed to a tool for democracy. Unless we are vigilant, the new world of artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to be an even more dangerous weapon in the years ahead. We will address the many ways that online and cyber activities will affect the US elections.  This year’s panel will be moderated by alumna Atika Shubert, J95. 


•    Atika Shubert, J95, Moderator - CNN reporter and author
•    Marina Kaljurand, F95, Member of the European Parliament and Commissioner at the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace
•    Camille  François, Chief Innovation Officer of Graphika
•    Mukul Devichand, Executive Editor of Voice and AI at the BBC