The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently warned about the dangers of misinformation and disinformation driven by artificial intelligence in major economies ahead of elections. The Global Risks Report 2024 also highlighted threats from climate change, the cost-of-living crisis, and war. The report emphasized that misinformation and disinformation are the biggest short-term risks, while extreme weather and critical change to Earth systems are the greatest long-term concern. The WEF survey, produced with Zurich Insurance Group and consulting firm Marsh McLennan, took into account the views of more than 1,400 global risks experts, policymakers and industry leaders surveyed in September. The report also mentioned that close to three billion people were expected to vote in national elections over the next 24 months, including in major economies India, Indonesia, Mexico, the United Kingdom and United States. The WEF also warned that during that time, the widespread use of misinformation and disinformation, and tools to disseminate it, may undermine the legitimacy of newly elected governments. The upcoming annual meeting of political and business elites in Davos next week will be attended by global leaders and will focus on the Israel-Hamas crisis, the Ukraine conflict, and other global issues.
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