AI Case Study

Elections Canada plans to use AI to identify electoral misinformation campaigns on social media

Elections Canada plans to use AI to monitor conversations on social media with regards to elections. The intent is to identify misinformation campaigns before they spread as a safeguard.

Industry

Public And Social Sector

Government

Project Overview

"Stéphane Perrault, Canada’s chief electoral officer, explained one of latest measures Elections Canada plans to use to protect the electoral process: 'We are currently purchasing listening tools — and the purpose there is not to listen to particular conversations, and we’re not interested in who says what — but these are tools that (use) artificial intelligence (to gather) information about what’s being said about the electoral process' on social media. The government posted an ad on its buy-and-sell procurement site for the “listening” software on Sept. 18. It finished accepting proposals on Tuesday."

Reported Results

Planned; results not yet available

Technology

Planned; details undisclosed

Function

Digital Data

Digital Data Management

Background

In the wake of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal and other elections' "online disinformation campagins", governments are looking for ways to ensure the safety and integrity of their electoral systems.

Benefits

Data

Social media posts, ostensibly