26th CSTD side event: panel discussion on protecting information integrity in the age of artificial intelligence (AI)

29 mars 2023
08:30 - 09:45 hrs. Tempus
Online and Geneva
, Switzerland

Purposeful information manipulation (disinformation) conducted by malicious or unethical actors has been recognised globally as a major threat to public safety and security, as well as democratic stability of nations. At the same time, the tendency for online censorship and surveillance to be used  as a way to address real or presumed information manipulation threats puts in danger fundamental human rights, especially, freedom of expression online, while appropriate measures should be taken to avoid illegal content on the internet. 

This challenge is now aggravated by the maturing of AI technologies. Generative AI, e.g. large language models made popular by Chat GPT, voice generation and voice cloning and other technologies, can now be used by malicious and unethical actors to conduct information manipulation campaigns. The omnipresence of deep-fakes and loss of trust in information in the public space that the new AI capabilities portend can make restricting online freedom seem a necessary price to pay for protecting stability of societies.

However, both information disorder and suppression of online freedom are avoidable. A holistic approach focusing on information integrity and relying on multifaceted policies can support a free, open, safe and secure online environment resilient to the negative impacts of information manipulation, even in the new technological environment.

Just as international cooperation is necessary to find new solutions to the challenges presented by AI, it is equally important to share more broadly the already accumulated knowledge and best practices on addressing information manipulation.

The event aims to provide solutions on protecting information integrity by inviting speakers to address the following questions:

  • What are the implications of the evolving AI capabilities for the vision of an online public space that is open, free, but also safe and secure?
  • How can governments and societies protect information integrity and address AI-powered information manipulation with effective, rights compatible policies?
  • What is the role of the existing, “traditional” policy tools against information manipulation in the new technological environment?


All UN member states representatives and CSTD's accredited participants.

Coffee, tea and croissants will be served at 8:15 before the event starts.




Opening Remarks:  H.E. Mr Bahtijors Hasans, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Latvia to the UN in Geneva


Mr Justin Arenstein, Chief Executive, Code for Africa

Ms Aaryn Zhou, Deputy Director of the Digital Inclusion Lab, Centre for International Digital Policy, Global Affairs Canada

Ms Paulina Ibarra, Executive Director, Fundación Multitudes

Mr Jan Nicola Beyer, Digital Democracy Research Coordinator, Democracy Reporting International

Ms Peggy Hicks, Director, Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development, Office of the UNHCHR


Mr Viktors Makarovs, Special Envoy on Digital Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia


Sponsor / funding:
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Latvia to the United Nations in Geneva

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Mr. Martins Teteris, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations Office in Geneva,