Smart Information Systems and Democracy, Freedom of Thought, Control and Manipulation
The separation of powers, independent courts and freedom of expression and thought are examples of what we understand by “democracy”. Democracy is also interrelated with the growing use and development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Smart Information Systems (SIS). The future of democracy in the AI era is a controversial topic. SHERPA, recognising the contributions SIS can make to democracy and protection of freedom of thought and expression but also the vulnerabilities that exist in relation to AI, dedicated a chapter on SIS and Democracy in its Human Rights analysis deliverable which provides a short overview of current international legal instruments related to recognition and protection of democratic rights, as well as positive and negative aspects emanating from the impact of AI on democratic foundations of our society.