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Deepfakes, disclosures and the first NC elections of the AI era

I’m Brian Gordon, tech reporter for The News & Observer, and this is Open Source, a weekly newsletter on business, labor and technology in North Carolina.

In Utah this week, a Republican state senator filed a bill that would require candidates to disclose when artificial intelligence is used in political ads. Similar legislation is gaining traction in Wisconsin. Bills to counter political deepfakes have also been filed in Maryland, New Hampshire, Ohio, Kansas and more than a dozen other states, according to Public Citizen, an advocacy group tracking the issue.

Five states — Washington, Minnesota, Michigan, Texas and California — have already enacted rules around AI-generated content in political ads.