In 2024, democracy takes center stage with over 70 elections worldwide. Already, the strategic manipulation of voters is intensifying, and is supercharged by generative AI. This manipulation of information space poses a significant threat. In this “AI election year,” Germany must confront the disparity head-on, cracking down on perpetrators to mitigate their influence on geopolitical conflicts, public opinion, and electoral outcomes. This urgency of this issue demands an assertive defense strategy.
The focus of DGAP’s research and consulting on this core theme is the interdependency of technology and foreign policy. Technological innovation — as well as the diffusion and impact of emerging technologies — is always influenced by the social, economic, and (security) policy contexts in which it occurs. At the same time, technologies affect international actors by changing their areas of influence, options for action, and goals. Today, technology not only continues to play a role in determining foreign and security policy in the classical sense, but it also almost always includes an international dimension, for example in its consequences for regulation or global chains of supply and production.