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The Institute partners with respected and accomplished UVU faculty and students to author public policy papers focused on topics important to Utah public policy.

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2023 Annual Report

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Combating AI Deepfakes in Utah Elections

The Gary R. Herbert Institute for Public Policy and the Center for National Security Studies (CNSS) at Utah Valley University (UVU) announced a partnership with Provo start-up SureMark Digital Identity Services (SureMark™ Digital) launching a pilot project that will work to combat deepfake AI in elections.

Students and faculty with the Herbert Institute and CNSS will follow the pilot program evaluating the impact AI deepfakes may have on Utah’s elections. The pilot will run July 2024 until the winning candidates are sworn into office in January 2025, and include academic panels and white papers.


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Herbert Institute in the News

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‘Elections Project’ will fight political misinformation with digital identity verification

July 10, 2024A new project out of Utah Valley University aims to undermine politically motivated deepfakes and the misinformation they spread.

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Will Utah lead the way in combating election deepfakes?

July 9, 2024 — A new pilot program helps candidates authenticate digital identities amid rise of AI.

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2024 Election Buttons

Commentary: This primary election season, recognize that secure elections require public trust

June 3, 2024 — The power of average voters to choose their leaders through secure elections that evoke public confidence is what gives legitimacy to our self-governing republic.

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How does Utah ensure election security ahead of election season?

May 10, 2024 — Utah leaders say the state’s election security system is strong leading into this year’s election.

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