April 16, 2024
Many individuals dropped off their ballots on the nation Registrar of Voters workplace. Picture by Chris Stone

An AI-generated voice that seems like President Biden and tried to discourage voter participation final month is proof that synthetic intelligence is a menace to public belief and may discourage voter participation, Assemblymember Gail Pellerin, a Santa Cruz Democrat, advised CalMatters. That’s why she proposed a invoice to ban “materially misleading” election-related deepfakes 120 days earlier than election day and 60 days after.

“Now we have to remain forward of the deepfakes and dangerous actors which are on the market attempting to wreak chaos with our elections,” Pellerin mentioned.

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It’s one among 5 payments launched within the California Legislature this week designed to guard democratic discourse, voters, candidates, and election officers from misleading content material.

The opposite 4 payments would: 

  • Require generative AI firms to embed digital provenance information throughout the digital media they create.
  • Require social media platforms to establish and label photos, audio, and video generated by AI.
  • Require generative AI firms provide instruments to confirm whether or not a photograph is actual or pretend.
  • Encourage id verification of social media accounts assembly sure follower thresholds so customers know whether or not an individual or an automatic bot is behind a social media account.

Not one of the payments has been assigned a invoice quantity but. 

Every of the payments is cosponsored by the California Initiative for Expertise and Democracy, a multidisciplinary nonprofit group fashioned in 2023 to guard elections from dangerous or malicious types of AI.

An October 2023 UC Berkeley ballot discovered that seven out of 10 registered voters in California need lawmakers to guard the general public from know-how within the upcoming election. The information follows a Federal Communications Fee ruling late final week that made robocalls with AI-generated voices unlawful.

Dozens of items of laws have been launched within the California legislature this yr to manage AI. Procurement coverage that determines what sort of contracts state businesses can signal with non-public firms and proofs of ideas ordered by a Newsom govt order are additionally underway. 

CalMatters is a public curiosity journalism enterprise dedicated to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it issues.