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Seb Starcevic is a freelance contributor to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

November 22, 2023

Right-wing libertarian Javier Milei won Argentina's landmark election on Sunday as he tapped into voter anger with the political mainstream - including rival Sergio Massa's dominant Peronist party, with both sides turning to AI during the fractious election campaign.

In the final weeks of campaigning, Milei published a fabricated image depicting Massa as an old-fashioned communist in military garb, while Massa's team distributed AI-generated images portraying Milei and his team as enraged zombies and pirates.

October 03, 2023

In a video that first appeared on Facebook in June, an Aboriginal woman looks intently into the camera as she says Indigenous people will lose their rights over their tribal lands if the upcoming referendum in Australia is in favour of constitutionally recognising Indigenous people.

The more than eight-minute long video quickly went viral, racking up tens of thousands of views and shares across social media platforms even after its claims were debunked.

February 22, 2023

In Singapore's prisons, CCTVs in the cells watch over inmates, facial recognition is used for headcount checks, and an artificial intelligence-based behaviour detection system monitors for fights and other suspicious activities.

"Sometimes, the facial recognition cameras would turn on at odd times, without warning. Or the behaviour detection would alert the guards if people were just exercising in the cell," said Tan, 26, a former inmate, who asked to go by his last name.

January 24, 2023

Visually impaired student Adam Whitehead has long relied on a computer and assistive technology to help him read course materials and take exams at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

He has watched with concern as universities in Australia and beyond move to crack down on ChatGPT - a free programme that generates original text about virtually any subject in response to a prompt - over fears of cheating.

December 15, 2022

When Australia's welfare agency mailed Nathan Kearney to say he owed it thousands of dollars, the musician knew something was up. But try as he might, Kearney couldn't reach anyone human in government to put right the horrible wrong.

That was back in 2016, the start of a five-year ordeal.

November 30, 2022

When Emma, a lawyer, found out that details of her mental health problems had been breached in a massive cyberattack on Australia's largest private health insurer, she feared her career could be jeopardised.

Emma was among nearly 10 million Australians affected by the Medibank hack, one of a series of high-profile cyberattacks that have accelerated government efforts to overhaul privacy laws and force companies to do more to protect their customers' data.

November 04, 2022

As guests arrive at eastern Australia's Warilla Hotel, a small camera equipped with facial recognition software scans their faces as part of a scheme to tackle problem gambling.

The tech – which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to identify addicts who have asked to be barred from betting sites – is set to be rolled out across gambling venues in the state of New South Wales next year.