The rapid evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) has prompted many experts to warn about its impacts on democracy. To explore this issue further, the IPU is preparing a series of articles on the topic. In this fourth piece, British MP and Vice-Chair of the British Group of the IPU, Vicky Ford, talks about violence against women in politics (VAWIP), as well as the risks and opportunities of AI.
With the United Kingdom likely heading for an election in 2024, British MP Vicky Ford worries that the accelerating levels of online violence will discourage even more women from entering political life, distorting gender equality and democracy alike.
Online threats of death, rape and beatings have become a regular occurrence for MPs, especially women, all around the world, and this online aggression can have a real world impact too, says Ms. Ford. Within the last eight years, for example, two British politicians – Jo Cox and David Amess – have been murdered, and others have been lucky to escape with their lives.
Many now worry that AI will accelerate such trends.
Click here to read the full article published by the Inter-Parliamentary Union on 30 November 2023.