Berto Jongman: Steven Feldstein on How Artificial Intelligence is Reshaping Repression

Commerce, Corruption, Government, IO Deeds of War, IO Impotency, Law Enforcement
Berto Jongman

How Artificial Intelligence is Reshaping Repression

Steven Feldstein

Journal of Democracy, 30/1 January 2019

Around the world, artificial-intelligence (AI) systems are showing their potential for abetting repressive regimes and upending the relationship between citizen and state, thereby accelerating a global resurgence of authoritarianism. China is driving the proliferation of AI technology to authoritarian and illiberal regimes, an approach that has become a key component of Chinese geopolitical strategy. The significance of this technology for authoritarians around the globe, as well as for their democratic opponents, is growing ever clearer. To counter not only the spread of high-tech repression abroad, but also potential abuses at home, policy makers in democratic states must think seriously about how to mitigate harm and to shape better practices.