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Artificial intelligence making disinformation look credible; global governance must: Swiss President Viola Amherd at WEF annual meeting in Davos

Updated on: 16 January,2024 05:02 PM IST  |  Davos
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Swiss President Viola Amherd has expressed concerns about the escalating threat of disinformation fueled by rapid advancements in artificial intelligence (AI)

Artificial intelligence making disinformation look credible; global governance must: Swiss President Viola Amherd at WEF annual meeting in Davos

Switzerland's Federal President Viola Amherd takes part in a plenary session at the 54th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, on January 16, 2024. Photo/AFP

Swiss President Viola Amherd has expressed concerns about the escalating threat of disinformation fueled by rapid advancements in artificial intelligence (AI).


Addressing the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2024 in Davos, Amherd emphasized the need for global governance to address the challenges posed by artificial intelligence and cautioned against formulating policies based on falsehoods.


While acknowledging that digitization holds the potential for greater transparency and knowledge-sharing, the Swiss President highlighted the flip side, where artificial intelligence can make disinformation appear more credible. Amherd stressed the importance of rebuilding trust and underscored the significance of policies grounded in verified facts and scientific findings.


During her address, Amherd called for an open and transparent exchange not only between countries but also among organizations within the multilateral system. She urged the strengthening of the United Nations (UN) and other global and regional institutions to effectively serve as platforms for dialogue. Switzerland, she mentioned, supports the reform agenda proposed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Amherd acknowledged that rebuilding trust requires dialogue, respect, and universally adhered-to rules. She emphasized the need for real compromises and preventing power politics from undermining the foundations of global existence. Tangible implementation of agreements and compromises is crucial for credibility and trust, including a renewed respect for the UN Charter, other international treaties, and globally agreed-upon measures, she added.

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The Swiss President also highlighted the role of business leaders in rebuilding trust, acknowledging that increasing social inequalities contribute to populism even in prosperous countries. Switzerland, known for its neutrality, commitment, and dependability, was positioned as a valuable asset in resolving conflicts.

"Agreements and compromises must then also be implemented. Tangible implementation is important for credibility and engenders trust. This includes a renewed respect for the UN Charter, other international treaties and other globally agreed measures," she said. "Some sections of the public distrust all of us gathered here, and all political and business leaders in general."

"'Rebuilding trust' is not just a task for states and politicians. Business leaders also have a role to play here. It is clear that increasing social inequalities are fuelling populism, even in prosperous countries, she said. The president said Switzerland's neutrality, commitment and dependability can be valuable in resolving conflicts. (With inputs from PTI)

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