Federal government spending millions on ‘disinformation’ research under Biden

Special to WorldTribune, May 8, 2022

Analysis by Joe Schaeffer, 247 Real News

The notorious Rockefeller Foundation is teaming up with the federal government to combat the “disinformation crisis” brought on by Americans who refused to obediently line up for the corporate experimental gene therapy injections labeled as coronavirus vaccines.

Was new Biden administration Truth Ministry czar Nina Jankowicz not Orwellian enough?

The foundation tweeted out on May 5:

The National Science Foundation is a U.S. government agency supported by the taxpaying citizens of this nation.

From a May 3 release by NSF:

The U.S. National Science Foundation is partnering with the Social Science Research Council to support research that advances scientific knowledge about public health guidance and its impact on the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) will donate up to $7.5 million to NSF over the next two years to support fundamental research exploring the effects of public health guidance on society. NSF will invest $12.5 million for a combined total of up to $20 million in research funding.

Sounds rather benign. But a post on the SSRC website explains what is really going on here:

The Mercury Project, which alludes to the ancient Roman god Mercury of messages and communication, will fund researchers to discover new, evidence-based, data-driven tools, methods, and interventions to counter mis- and disinformation and to support the spread and uptake of accurate health information.

These solutions will be an essential resource for social media and technology companies and for global policymakers as they build an information ecosystem that supports the sharing of accurate and effective health information.

In other words, government bureaucrats allied with the most infamous population control “philanthropy” in the world will work together to contrive ways to get Americans to think in the way ruling elites want them to on “health” matters.

The Social Science Research Council is funded by progressive and globalist interests. The group’s 2019 Audited Financial Statement is the latest such report listed on its website.

Among grant providers to SSRC for that year are former eBay chairman Pierre Omidyar’s Democracy Fund, which heavily funds progressive political activists and campaigns, the Ford Foundation, George Soros’s Open Society Foundations and the free-market globalist Charles Koch Foundation.

In a November release, the Rockefeller Foundation gushed about the new disinformation venture:

The Social Science Research Council announced the creation of The Mercury Project, a three-year, $10 million investment to combat the growing threat of mis- and disinformation on public health in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic with $7.5 million in seed funding from The Rockefeller Foundation and an additional $2 million in funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and $500K from Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

Responding to calls from the World Health Organization, the U.S. Office of the Surgeon General, and the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder, the Call for Proposals opened today seeks ambitious teams worldwide to quantify the scope of the problem and its impact on society, as well as identify tools, methods, and interventions that better support people’s health across nations.

A search of the National Science Foundation website reveals the federal agency is pouring money into similar efforts.

In July 2021, NSF committed to granting over $2 million to a University of Washington project.

The UW’s ominous-sounding Center For an Informed Public stated:

The research has three integrated components. First, the research team, led by the CIP in collaboration with Stanford Internet Observatory technical research manager Renée DiResta, will develop models and theories of how disinformation is seeded, cultivated and spread that take into account the sociotechnical nature of the problem. Second, the team will develop and apply rapid-response frameworks for responding to disinformation quickly. And third, the team will evaluate the impact of multi-stakeholder collaborations to address disinformation in real-time during real-world events.

The abstract to a September $750,000 NSF grant to the Research Foundation for the State University of New York is straight out of Nina Jankowicz’s insane playbook:

The unprecedented spread of disinformation, false information intentionally created to manipulate public opinions, is the flip-side of the Internet’s promise of universal access and information democratization. The presence of false and/or misleading information in the media ecosystem erodes trust in legitimate sources of information and poses a significant threat to society. We posit that enhancing user awareness and building resilience are the keys to combating disinformation, as ‘inoculated’ users can form the first line of defense against the spread of corrupted and misleading information.

The overarching goal of our Disinformation Range (DRange) project is the development of a research/educational platform with integrated digital tools, advanced pedagogical techniques, and timely materials to increase disinformation awareness and improve user resilience, so as to inoculate them against the impact of harmful disinformation, and further prevent its spread.

A $737,487,000 grant to North Dakota State University, made in August by NSF, is thoroughly alarming:

This grant supports infrastructure to collect data from around the world on cybersecurity, internet freedom, disinformation, coordinated information operations, and the politicization and polarization of social media. The project builds a global pool of experts who will provide data each year…. The project links the data to a massive set of political tweets, coded by place. Scholars and others can access these data through an online interface and open-source software.

This project can help us learn how states monitor, alter, and control online space. This research is critically important to the US government, aid and human rights groups, and private industry. Policy makers can also rely on this project to better understand how, and where, to step in to curb internet-driven political violence, stop the spread of disinformation, reduce electoral manipulation, and enhance government accountability. Civil society groups can use assessments of online freedom and cybersecurity to improve human rights surveillance. Firms can use the data to reduce harm caused by their social media platforms. Finally, teachers and students can use this project to better understand politics in a digital world, equipping citizens to safely traverse the modern information landscape.

And there’s much more.

The Biden administration is overseeing an agenda that has long been prepared for by a corrupt ruling establishment that has dominated American politics for the past three-plus decades at least. This establishment truly sees the average citizen as a potential threat, and therefore a potential enemy, that must be closely monitored lest he or she prove an obstacle to its self-serving goals.

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