ThreatRate Reports June 2023
The Skinny on Civil Unrest in the AI era
Civil Unrest
Civil unrest is a complex issue with many causes. Political and financial factors are two of the main drivers of civil unrest, and addressing these issues is critical to preventing and resolving conflicts. Governments must work to promote transparency and accountability, protect human rights, and ensure equal distribution of resources to avoid civil unrest. Additionally, addressing economic inequality, unemployment, and poverty is crucial to preventing economic-related civil unrest. Artificial intelligence (AI) technology could be used both to quell and exacerbate civil unrest. AI-powered disinformation campaigns and deepfakes could be used to fuel existing tensions and incite violence. Additionally, as AI technology becomes more ubiquitous, it could exacerbate existing inequalities and create new sources of tension, potentially leading to more civil unrest.