Legal issues in the use of chatbots in socio-political communications

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Status Published
Occupation: Head of the Center for Legal Studies of Digital Technologies, State Academic University for the Humanities (GAUGN)
Affiliation: State Academic University for the Humanities (GAUGN)
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Occupation: Dean of the Faculty of Law, State Academic University for the Humanities (GAUGN)
Affiliation: State Academic University for the Humanities (GAUGN)
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Journal nameGosudarstvo i pravo
EditionIssue 1

Political bots have become an important tool for political technologists. In all major electoral processes around the world, the active use of chatbots on social media has been documented. However, researchers have identified the negative effects of such bots on political processes. The destructive essence of political bots is that they are a digital tool to manipulate public consciousness. Therefore, there is a need to establish a legal framework for the use of such artificial intelligence systems in socio-political communications. The article analyses the experience of foreign countries and substantiates the necessity of legislative consolidation of the principle of transparency of artificial intelligence systems, which will allow to oblige developers and owners of such systems to mark them. Informing users that they are interacting with an artificial intelligence system will reduce the risk of manipulating the public consciousness.

Keywordsartificial intelligence, political chatbots, social media, political technology, legal regulation of AI, transparency of AI, marking of bots
AcknowledgmentProject 122101000041-6 implemented at the State Academic University for the Humanities following the selection of research projects conducted by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science of the Russian Federation and EISI.
Publication date20.02.2023
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