Promises and Pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence for Democratic Participation. Workshop Proceedings.CCDSEE, GSI, University of Geneva, December 10 – 11, 2020, Virtual Event

23 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2021 Last revised: 25 May 2021

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Jerome Duberry

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies; University of Geneva - Global Studies Institute

Moritz Büchi

University of Zurich

Jamie Berryhill

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)

Alexandre Dormeier Freire

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Diego Garzia

University of Lausanne

Solange Ghernaouti:

University of Lausanne

Vanessa Hanifa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sabrya Hamidi

University of Geneva

Abhimanyu George Jain

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Department of International Law

Aljaz Kosmerlj

Jožef Stefan Institute

Anna Leander

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Olivier Leclère

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jasmine Lorenzini

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Maxime Stauffer

University of Geneva

Nathan Stern

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Himanshu Verma

Johns Hopkins University - Department of Economics

Yanina Welp

Graduate Institute for International Studies and Development

Date Written: April 1, 2021

Abstract

When discussing the role of digital technologies in pluralist democracies, artificial intelligence (AI) is probably the most controversial. This technology triggers the greatest hopes (e.g. AI can help making sense out of millions of comments) and at the same time raises many concerns (e.g. AI can reinforce existing biases). As AI remains quite difficult to grasp, including for those in a position to make a political decision (i.e., policy makers and citizens), the main objective of this workshop is to unpack the current promises and challenges associated with AI for democratic participation. This report presents a summary of the authors' contributions. The first session discusses conceptions of AI (the gap between reality and expectations, education challenges, and media frames). Session 2 considers promises and pitfalls of AI to foster citizen mobilization. Session 3 explores how AI can support collective intelligence processes, including civic tech. Session 4 discusses how AI transforms the role and the making of citizens. Session 5 presents key promises of AI for governments.

Keywords: Artificial intelligence, AI, Digital technologies, Political participation, Citizen participation, Democracy

Suggested Citation

Duberry, Jerome and Büchi, Moritz and Berryhill, Jamie and Dormeier Freire, Alexandre and Garzia, Diego and Ghernaouti:, Solange and Hanifa, Vanessa and Hamidi, Sabrya and George Jain, Abhimanyu and Kosmerlj, Aljaz and Leander, Anna and Leclère, Olivier and Lorenzini, Jasmine and Stauffer, Maxime and Stern, Nathan and Verma, Himanshu and Welp, Yanina, Promises and Pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence for Democratic Participation. Workshop Proceedings.CCDSEE, GSI, University of Geneva, December 10 – 11, 2020, Virtual Event (April 1, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3817666 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3817666

Jerome Duberry (Contact Author)

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies ( email )

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University of Geneva - Global Studies Institute ( email )

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Moritz Büchi

University of Zurich ( email )

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Jamie Berryhill

Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) ( email )

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Alexandre Dormeier Freire

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) ( email )

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Switzerland

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Diego Garzia

University of Lausanne ( email )

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Lausanne, Vaud CH-1015
Switzerland

Solange Ghernaouti:

University of Lausanne ( email )

Quartier Chambronne
Lausanne, Vaud CH-1015
Switzerland

Vanessa Hanifa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sabrya Hamidi

University of Geneva ( email )

102 Bd Carl-Vogt
Genève, CH - 1205
Switzerland

Abhimanyu George Jain

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Department of International Law ( email )

Switzerland

Aljaz Kosmerlj

Jožef Stefan Institute

Jamova cesta 39
Ljubljana, 1000
Slovenia

Anna Leander

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Olivier Leclère

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jasmine Lorenzini

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Maxime Stauffer

University of Geneva ( email )

102 Bd Carl-Vogt
Genève, CH - 1205
Switzerland

Nathan Stern

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Himanshu Verma

Johns Hopkins University - Department of Economics ( email )

3400 Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-2685
United States

Yanina Welp

Graduate Institute for International Studies and Development ( email )

Geneve, 1202
Switzerland

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