‘Good Media Hygiene’ – DHS Spends Millions To Fight What It Deems ‘Misinformation’

Eric Scheiner | October 11, 2022
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The Department of Homeland Security may have shut down its Disinformation Governance Board, but it’s still in the business of trying to tell you what the truth is.

The DHS has decided “misinformation” (which includes concerns about COVID 19) is a terror threat and is giving out millions of tax dollars to fight what it decides is “disinformation.”

According to the DHS, the projects recently funded include:

  • $99,372 to the Carter Center for media literacy trainings.

To “build capacities in evaluating media sources, assessing media intent, interpreting media messages, understanding how the brain processes information, understanding how online media shapes perception, recognizing false and misleading information, investigating suspicious claims, and practicing good media hygiene.”

  • $701,612 to the University of Rhode Island for youth resilience programs.

“The University of Rhode Island seeks to reach members of faith communities, military spouses and family members, public health and public safety workforce, K-12 educators, librarians, high school and college students, and media and public relations professionals in programs that include dialogue, active listening, and creative media production. In Program 1, online and face-to-face dialogues help demonstrate how to critically analyze propaganda, disinformation, and domestic extremism. In Program 2, high school and college educators learn how to integrate media literacy into civic education. In Program 3, high school and college students participate in a multimedia social media campaign, with support from local state public safety experts as well as communications and public relations professionals.”

  • $157,707 to the H2i program at Lewis University.

The program will be “creating an educational platform increasing media literacy and online critical thinking initiatives for educators, concerned adults, and students. Free tools and resources will be provided equitably to communities within the state to help combat online misinformation."

  • $750,000 to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to create a digital “disinformation” game.

“Specifically, this digital educational game and learning program will help students understand different strategies used to spread disinformation by malignant actors and provide students with a hands-on learning experience around strategies and policies to combat disinformation at the institutional level.”

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Over $3 million in grant awards were announced by The Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program last month.