Global Engagement Center: Leading the United States Government's Fight Against Global Disinformation Threat, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session, March 5, 2020 [open pdf - 410KB]
This is the March 5, 2020 hearing on "Global Engagement Center: Leading the United States Government's Fight Against Global Disinformation Threat," held before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on State Department and USAID [United States Agency for International Development] Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development of the Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Rob Portman: "Information is power today, and we see it all over the globe and when it is used improperly, it is used as a weapon. Democracies like ours require a well-informed electorate to function properly, but our enemies are increasingly trying to undermine that principle through so-called disinformation campaigns designed to mislead voters and, in doing so, delegitimize our democratic elections. Malign actors, like Russia, systematically exploit social media, radio, television, and print to twist facts to suit their needs and distort the truth to an unsuspecting populace. It is not just about elections. We see it today with regard to the coronavirus and misinformation that is being spread. It is an interesting tactic because it is inexpensive and yet can be very effective. It has a high degree of deniability. It is anonymous almost always. And again, if left unchecked, it can be devastatingly effective." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Rob Portman, Cory Booker, Lea Gabrielle, Daniel Blumenthal, and Alina Polyakova.
S. Hrg. 116-275; Senate Hearing 116-275
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