Washington, D.C. – TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, submitted comments to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) on the subject of “fraudulent misrepresentation” regarding deliberately misleading campaign communications generated with artificial intelligence (AI). The following statement can be attributed to TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore:

“AI has the potential to help us solve the greatest challenges of our time. It is being used to predict severe weather more accurately, protect critical infrastructure, defend against cyber threats, and accelerate the development of new medical treatments, including life-saving vaccines and ways to detect earlier signs of cancer. However, recognizing and addressing the genuine risks associated with AI is crucial for its responsible advancement. That includes preventing candidates and their agents from using AI to release deliberately misleading campaign content.

“Voters need to have confidence that the information they receive about candidates is accurate and reliable to make informed decisions. Any campaign-related content that intentionally and fraudulently misrepresents candidates must be barred from elections for the safety of our democracy. This prohibition should extend to state campaigns as well.

“We urge the FEC in their rulemaking process to make clear that existing laws forbidding fraudulent misrepresentation apply to AI, and we support their continued efforts to protect the integrity of our elections.”

Read our full comments here.