Countering Disinformation in the United States

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February 15, 2022 | Originally published by Cyberspace Solarium Commission on December 1, 2021

This white paper is the result of research and deliberation by commission staff and commissioners and specifies seven recommendations to both diminish the prevalence of disinformation in the information ecosystem and build greater individual and societal resilience to disinformation and malign foreign influence:

  • Recommendation 1:  Congress should establish a Civics Education Task Force, enable greater access to civics education resources, and raise public awareness about foreign disinformation.

  • Recommendation 2:  Congress should ensure material support to nongovernmental disinformation researchers.

  • Recommendation 3:  Congress should fund the Department of Justice to provide grants to nonprofit centers seeking to identify, expose, and explain malign foreign influence campaigns to the American public.

  • Recommendation 4:  Congress should create a capability within DHS to actively monitor foreign disinformation.

  • Recommendation 5:  Congress should create a grants program at the Department of Homeland Security designed to equip SLTT governments with the personnel and resources necessary to identify foreign disinformation campaigns and incorporate countermeasures into public communications strategies.

  • Recommendation 6:  Congress should reform the Foreign Agents Registration Act and direct the Federal Communications Commission to introduce new regulations in order to improve media ownership transparency in the United States.

  • Recommendation 7:  Congress should grant a federal entity the authority to publish and enforce transparency guidelines for social media platforms.

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