Research August 22, 2019

Artificial intelligence, big data and the future of democracy

How to make the best of the digital transformation? In a new and well-received edition of “EU Monitor”, Kevin Koerner of Deutsche Bank Research explains that while it has enriched societal discourse through new forms of communication, it has also led to an increase of “misinformation, echo chambers and propaganda offering” by providing authoritarian states around the world with new means of surveillance and control.

“In this research piece, we thoroughly investigate how democracies tackle both the opportunities and threats posed by digital transformation”, says Kevin. Hence while internet users across the globe happily enjoy 'free' services in the data economy, he raises concerns about the underlying business models and critically assesses the concentration of influence and wealth. He also asks pressing questions regarding privacy, data ownership and targeted manipulation for both economic and political purposes.

Click here to read the full note and learn who, according to Kevin Koerner, sits in the driving seat as AI technology and big data offer ever more opportunities and threats to our democratic societies.

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