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Tracking anti-Navalny bot armies

In an exclusive investigation into online disinformation surrounding online reaction to Alexei Navalny's death, GZERO asks whether it is possible to track the birth of a bot army. Was Navalny's tragic death accompanied by a massive online propaganda campaign? We investigated, with the help of a company called Cyabra.

Alexei Navalny knew he was a dead man the moment he returned to Moscow in January 2021. Vladimir Putin had already tried to kill him with the nerve agent Novichok, and he was sent to Germany for treatment. The poison is one of Putin’s signatures, like pushing opponents out of windows or shooting them in the street. Navalny knew Putin would try again.

Still, he came home.

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Ukraine’s AI battlefield

Saturday marks the two-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Over the course of this bloody war, the Ukrainian defense strategy has grown to a full embrace of cutting-edge artificial intelligence. Ukraine has been described as a “living lab for AI warfare.”

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Democratic presidential candidate US Representative Dean Phillips greets supporters at a campaign event ahead of the New Hampshire presidential primary election in Rochester, New Hampshire, on Jan. 21, 2024.

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AI has entered the race to primary Joe Biden

For a brief moment this week, there were two Dean Phillips – the man and the bot. The human is a congressman from Minnesota who’s running for the Democratic nomination for president, hoping to rise above his measly 7% poll numbers to displace sitting President Joe Biden as the party’s nominee.

But there was also an AI chatbot version of the 55-year-old congressman.

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Can watermarks stop AI deception?

Is it a real or AI-generated photo? Is it Drake’s voice or a computerized track? Was the essay written by a student or by ChatGPT? In the age of AI, provenance is paramount – a fancy way of saying we need to know where the media we consume comes from.

While generative AI promises to transform industries – from health care to entertainment to finance, just to name a few – it might also cast doubt on the origins of everything we see online. Experts have spent years warning that AI-generated media could disrupt elections and cause social unrest, so the stakes couldn’t be higher.

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Paris Peace Forum Director General Justin Vaïsse: Finding common ground
Paris Peace Forum Director General Justin Vaïsse: Finding common ground | Global Stage | GZERO Media

Paris Peace Forum Director General Justin Vaïsse: Finding common ground

How do you find peace in a world so riven by rivalries and competing interests? One step, according to Director General of the Paris Peace Forum Justin Vaïsse, is to challenge simplistic notions of East-West or North-South alignment.

“We're trying to get all the different actors, East, West, North, South, to work on the same issues and to make progress where they have common interests,” he said to GZERO’s Tony Maciulis on the sidelines of the 2023 Paris Peace Forum. “We focus on competition and geopolitical rivalry while we forget the iceberg coming our way when we fight on the deck of the Titanic.”

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Russian Black Sea Fleet commander still alive despite Ukraine's claims
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Russian Black Sea Fleet commander still alive despite Ukraine's claims

Ian Bremmer shares his insights on global politics this week on World In :60.

Is Russian commander Sokolov still alive?

Black Sea fleet commander. The Ukrainians said he was killed in a missile strike, but after that missile strike, he's attending a meeting with the Kremlin and looks very much alive. Should all remember that there is a lot of disinformation and a lot of misinformation in the fog of war. You remember that Snake Island strike. And that, of course, turned out those guys didn't die. They were made prisoner and then they were released. So Russians are absolutely at fault for the invasion. Ukrainian information is meant to promote Ukrainian efforts in the war. And this is one of those instances.

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Ian Explains: Is the world better today thanks to human progress?
How do we define progress as humans? | GZERO Media

Ian Explains: Is the world better today thanks to human progress?

Human progress doesn’t have a finish line.

Our body clocks stop ticking at some point, but that’s not the same as reaching a destination, or achieving a goal. So how do we—as a community, as a country...as a world—define progress? What does “better” even look like?

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ChatGPT and the 2024 US election
2024 US Election in the Age of ChatGPT | GZERO World

ChatGPT and the 2024 US election

2024 will be the first US presidential election in the age of generative AI. How worried should we be about the spread of misinformation and its implications for democracy?

In 2016, social media platforms became Petri dishes of disinformation as foreign actors and far-right activists spread fake stories and worked to heighten partisan divisions. The 2020 election was fraught with conspiracy theories and baseless claims about voter fraud.

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