Saturday, April 30, 2022

Are You Ready for the DHS ‘Disinformation Governance Board’?; DHS created ‘disinformation governance’ team to track election misinformation; New DHS Disinformation Head Dismissed Hunter Biden Emails as ‘Trump Campaign Product’

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Are You Ready for the DHS ‘Disinformation Governance Board’?
The Department of Homeland Security announced plans for a “Disinformation Governance Board,” and you are forgiven if you read the name and initially thought it was a board designed to govern the Biden administration’s disinformation.
In theory, this proposal doesn’t have to be a terrible idea, in that is allegedly designed to rebut “human smuggling organizations peddling misinformation to exploit vulnerable migrants for profit,” as well as monitoring messages from terrorist and extremist groups. Wherever you stand on illegal immigration, we should all oppose coyotes and human smugglers taking advantage of people. And since at least 2014, the U.S. has been bedeviled by the perception in some Central American countries that the United States is offering “permisos” for children who cross the border illegally — a rumor that picked up steam after President Obama announced he would not deport children who had come into the country illegally with their parents. If this new DHS group spends its time publicly declaring that there are no special, secret, or little-known loopholes for migrants who wish to enter the U.S., it will do some good.
But it is not reassuring that the person running the effort, Nina Jankowicz, the executive director of the DHS’s planned Disinformation Governance Board, doubted the authenticity of Hunter Biden’s laptop and shared the assessments of others that it was Russian disinformation. She recently tweeted that her views on the laptop from that time are being oversimplified. --->READ MORE HERE
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DHS created ‘disinformation governance’ team to track election misinformation
The Department of Homeland Security has created a “disinformation” board led by a woman who has criticized First Amendment rights and dismissed troubling reports of Hunter Biden’s laptop as a “Trump campaign” ploy.
Nina Jankowicz has been on the job for a couple of months, but Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas only revealed the disinformation board’s existence this week in testimony to Congress, when prodded about what his department is doing to help minority communities combat election disinformation.
“The goal is to bring the resources of the department together to address this threat,” Mr. Mayorkas told lawmakers.
Homeland Security described the board’s expansive duties, saying it will combat the wide swath of disinformation. In the immediate term, its focus will be on disinformation surrounding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and on the messaging smuggling groups are peddling to would-be illegal immigrants, the department said.
But the broad scope of its purview and the appointment of Ms. Jankowicz as its lead have raised questions about the board.
Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, called the board a “speech police.” --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to relevant/related stories:

New DHS Disinformation Head Dismissed Hunter Biden Emails as ‘Trump Campaign Product’

Department of Homeland Security Sets Up ‘Disinformation Governance Board’ to Fight ‘Misinformation’

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