Targeted Violence & Terrorism Prevention Grant Program

These funds were made in a similar manner and were doled out as part of a “Targeted Violence & Terrorism Prevention Grant Program.” Previously, the DHS has stated that internet disinformation is a danger to terrorism, and these grants were made in the same sense.

Over three million dollars worth of public funds has been donated to various organizations, including charities, think tanks, and educational institutions. These organizations intend to use the money to finance programs that combat what they see as misinformation and deception.

A donation in the amount of 701,612 dollars was made to the University of Rhode Island in order to support its “Youth Resilience Programs” and “Media Literacy and Online Critical Thinking Initiatives.” In the description of this grant, it is stated that “disinformation, conspiracy theories, and propaganda have become large-scale social problems.” Additionally, it is stated that a portion of the funds from this grant will be used for “online and face-to-face dialogues [that] help demonstrate how to critically analyze propaganda, disinformation, and domestic extremism.”

In order to support the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ “Raising Societal Awareness,” “Civic Engagement,” and “Media Literacy and Online Critical Thinking” initiatives, the organization received a grant in the amount of $750,000. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is a quasi-governmental entity and think tank that produces research that informs public policy. “create an instructional digital game and associated materials for teaching students in secondary schools in Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101 (ESD 101) in Washington State about misinformation,” that is the goal of the project that will be funded by the grant. The game and its learning program will “help students understand different strategies used to spread disinformation by malignant actors” and will provide “a hands-on learning experience around strategies and policies to combat disinformation at the institutional level.” This will be accomplished by “helping students understand different strategies used to spread disinformation by malignant actors.”

A grant in the amount of $592,598 was given to the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University for a project referred to as “extended reality” (XR), which encompasses virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. According to the description of the award, “terrorist recruiters and violent extremists will “most surely target new kinds of technology for their attempts to promote conspiracy theories, express grievances, and to manufacture misinformation, deception, and misinformation.” [Citation needed] “Media Literacy interventions focusing on Harmful Information in virtual spaces, to inform the prevention of extremism and violent material in the metaverse,” will be created and tested as part of this project.

In order to “inculcate resilience against the spread of misinformation and its divisive impacts by making religion actors a part of the solution,” a donation of $750,000 was made to the non-profit organization known as the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD). Insights on “particular tendencies regarding misinformation and the dissemination of violence-inciting narratives” are going to be provided by the technology business Moonshot. The International Center for Research on Misinformation (ICRD) is going to make use of these data in order to construct workshops that promote “societal resilience” and allow communities to “assess the significance of religious disinformation for their future.”

A grant in the amount of $99,372 was given to the Carter Center, which was established as a nongovernmental charity by former President Jimmy Carter. The grant is for “Media Literacy and Online Critical Thinking Initiatives.” The Carter Center will collaborate with Syracuse University as a part of these activities to “show the efficacy of its media literacy education in minimizing the damages brought by dis-, disinformation.” The Carter Center plans to carry out its curricular modules in numerous classroom settings and reach a broad demographic between the ages of 18 and 60 via the cooperation that has been established. Training in media literacy, according to the description of this award, improve capabilities in “recognizing erroneous and misleading material.”

A donation in the amount of $157,707 was made to Lewis University in order to support “Media Literacy and Online Critical Thinking Initiatives.” It has plans to use part of the money that it received as a grant toward “maintaining and improving” its H2I (How2Inform) website, which is now filled with material that the organization describes as “valuable in countering disinformation.” According to the summary of this award, “free tools and resources will be distributed fairly to communities across the state to assist in the fight against internet disinformation.”

These grants to spread misinformation and disinformation were given out by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last month, along with a grant of $699,763 to the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism (CTEC) at Middlebury Institute for the purpose of researching “extremism” in gaming.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has lately asserted that “radicalized” Americans who accept “false narratives” online are the new terror danger, and it has pushed for the continuation of its misinformation operation. This is in addition to granting funding.

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