How AI and deepfakes are changing how Indians vote
18 Apr 2024
How AI and deepfakes are changing how Indians vote

Political parties leveraged digital technology, social media influencers, and artificial intelligence (AI) to attract hundreds of millions of Indian voters in the 2024 general election like never before, raising concerns about the misuse of AI and exposure to misinformation and one-sided opinions.

Sanjay Kumar

Professor Sanjay Kumar is a political analyst, psephologist, and co-director of Lokniti, a research programme at the New Delhi-based Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS). His core area of research is electoral politics, but he has conducted research on a range of subjects, including Indian youth, the state of democracy in South Asia, electoral violence, and more.

Deepak Maheshwari

Deepak Maheshwari is a policy professional with an interest in technological innovation and socio-economic development. He is a senior consultant at the New Delhi-based Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP), an advisor at the Indicus Centre for Financial Inclusion (ICFI), and an advisory board member of the Software Freedom Law Centre (SFLC). He has also led the public policy function at Microsoft, Mastercard, Symantec, and Sify for over two decades spanning the India, South Asia, ASEAN, and China regions.

Arnika Thakur

Arnika Thakur is a New Delhi-based independent journalist. She has written about businesses across sectors like finance, hospitality, start-ups, and technology. She has worked at Reuters and was previously the digital editor of Fortune India. Her stories have explored the intersection of technology and society, latest developments in fintech, role of women in business, and issues of sustainability. She has a master's degree in English literature and has occasionally written about fashion, books, art, and culture. She is also the co-founder and editor of women's health and wellness platform