Disinformation top risk as elections loom: Davos study – World

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Misinformation and disinformation pushed by synthetic intelligence forward of elections in main economies are the largest world dangers this yr and subsequent, the World Economic Forum (WEF) warned on Wednesday.

The organisation’s Global Risks Report 2024, launched forward of its annual assembly of political and enterprise elites in Davos subsequent week, additionally warns of the threats posed by local weather change, the price-of-residing disaster and battle.

“Misinformation and disinformation are greatest quick-time period dangers, whereas excessive climate and important change to Earth methods are biggest lengthy-time period concern,” the report stated.

“Concerns over a persistent price-of-residing disaster and the intertwined dangers of AI-pushed misinformation and disinformation, and societal polarisation dominated the dangers outlook for 2024,” it added.

The World Economic Forum additionally famous that “with a number of dwell conflicts beneath method, underlying geopolitical tensions and corroding societal resilience risk are creating battle contagion”.

The WEF survey, produced with Zurich Insurance Group and consulting agency Marsh McLennan, took into consideration the views of greater than 1,400 world dangers specialists, policymakers and business leaders surveyed in September.

The report stated that “rising as probably the most extreme world risk anticipated over the subsequent two years, international and home actors alike will leverage misinformation and disinformation to additional widen societal and political divides”.

It famous that shut to 3 billion folks had been anticipated to vote in nationwide elections over the subsequent 24 months, together with in main economies India, Indonesia, Mexico, the United Kingdom and United States.

The WEF warned that in that point, “the widespread use of misinformation and disinformation, and instruments to disseminate it, could undermine the legitimacy of newly elected governments”.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Middle East leaders will attend the Davos talks, which will probably be dominated by the Israel-Hamas disaster as properly as the Ukraine battle.

Argentina’s libertarian new president, Javier Milei, French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese Premier Li Qiang may also be among the many headliners on the January 15-19 assembly within the Swiss Alps.

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