AI algorithms – (re)shaping public opinions through interfering with access to information in the online environment?

Authors: Cezara Panait , Cameran Ashraf


The impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms has decisive effects on the right to access information online, influencing key elements that support democratic societies and general welfare.
Through a theoretical research analysis, this paper will showcase that AI applications have a considerable influence on the right to access information online and they can be mismanaged to distort or manipulate the free will or independent judgment of the users. The core argument of this paper is that AI algorithms interfering with access to information online could potentially amplify the intertwined human rights in the digital space, thus enhancing the strong connection of human rights such as: freedom of thought, freedom of expression, right to privacy, but also the right to free elections.
Thus, a set of policy recommendations are put forward, as they could help reduce the risks posed by the use of AI systems interfering with access to information online.


Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, Access to information, Online, Social Media

To cite this article:

Cezara Panait, Cameran Ashraf (2021), AI algorithms – (re)shaping public opinions through interfering with access to information in the online environment?, Europuls Policy Journal, 1:1, p. 46-64



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