The World Economic Forum’s global risks report ranks artificial intelligence-derived misinformation and disinformation as the biggest global risk in this election year, ahead of climate change, war and economic weakness.

The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) has said: “The burgeoning use of digital media in recent years has seen a corresponding surge in digital disinformation, particularly on social media platforms ... Left unchecked, this phenomenon stands to undermine the conduct of credible elections.”..

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