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How we see the world determines our behavior and our decisions. No wonder there is a bitter struggle for the truth. Various social groups claim them for themselves. They refer to expertise from science, to appearances, to widespread narratives. The situation is not made any clearer by the fact that some deliberately spread disinformation – profiting from the many possibilities that artificial intelligence offers. The WZB Mitteilungen have dedicated an issue to the question of truth, with analyzes of populist worldviews, fundamentalism, digitization and personal decisions. And with outstanding pictures that don't simply depict the truth.
Disinformation increasingly threatens democracy. How can this be prevented? Regulating platforms is often not enough to contain the dangers of disinformation for political processes. Thamy Pogrebinschi, Maria Dominguez and Mariana Borges Martins da Silva have examined the role civil society and collective intelligence can play in the fight against disinformation using the example of Brazil.
Facing the Truth
Critics of artificial intelligence have been vocal about the ethical and political implications of governments and corporations's use of automated facial recognition technologies. Less frequent are critiques of its technical aspects: Photography still gets a benefit of doubt as an accurate representation of reality. Anna Skarpelis looks at why we should remain vigilant and outlines how new technologies challenge social scientific understandings of the person.