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India rushes to regulate AI as citizens get ready to head to the polls

Critics wonder if new laws are no more than a knee-jerk reaction to chatbots describing the country's PM's policies as "fascist"

India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has issued an advisory to AI firms that demands they secure government approval before any LLMs are deployed in the country.

MeitY's advisory comes ahead of national elections in the country later this Spring, in which 986.8 million people are registered to vote.

The notice states that all platforms must ensure that ensure “their computer resources do not permit any bias or discrimination or threaten the integrity of the electoral process.”

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