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US State Department funds UK think tank that aids in censorship of Americans

By Cindy Harper | Reclaim The Net | February 16, 2023

The US State Department funds UK-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), an organization that partners with platforms to flag misinformation and disinformation. The organization has been accused of classifying conservative viewpoints as hate and disinformation.

In September 2021, the State Department awarded ISD a grant to “advance the development of promising and innovative technologies against disinformation and propaganda” in the UK and Europe after it won the US-Paris Tech Challenge. The challenge was also won by the Global Disinformation Index (GDI), an organization that has been accused of demonetizing conservative news websites by putting them on a blacklist used by advertisers, the Daily Caller reported.

The State Department’s Global Engagement Center (GEC) funded the ISD to research Russian disinformation tactics on Wikipedia. However, the department insisted that it does not engage in content moderation on social media.

ISD has several partnerships with social media platforms on content moderation decisions. The organization is a member of Spotify’s Safety Advisory Council, which advises the platform on how to respond to misinformation.

ISD is also part of ’s Trusted Flagger program, whose members are tasked with improving the platform’s enforcement of its guidelines and can flag more content than other users.  said that it “prioritizes flags from Trusted Flaggers.”

The organization also has partnerships with Google to counter hate and extremism in the UK and Europe. It also partners with Amazon’s Audible, , and Microsoft.

ISD is mostly focused on extremism and terrorism. However, it has also been targeting what it deems misinformation and hate.

February 16, 2023 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Deception, Full Spectrum Dominance, Progressive Hypocrite, Russophobia | , , , ,

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  1. The State Department has also been funding the Ukrainian “Center for Countering Disinformation” an organization that has been attempting to intimidate if not set up for assassination public critics of US backing of the Ukrainian government. Recently they issued an attack on the Upcoming Feb 19 rally in Washington DC

    the following is a public Statement of the Schiller Institute, an organization that has been targeted :

    Schiller Institute Denounces Ukrainian CCD Targeting of the Feb. 19 “Rage Against the War Machine” Rally in Washington
    Feb. 16, 2023 (EIRNS)—The Ukrainian government’s Center for Countering Disinformation (CCD) today posted on its Telegram channel an attack on the upcoming Feb. 19 “Rage Against the War Machine” rally in Washington, D.C., under the headline “Anti-war meeting organized in USA with a call to stop supporting Ukraine.” The CCD—which is known for targeting individuals internationally who are opposed to the war, whom they accuse of being “information terrorists” and of spreading “Russian propaganda”—also exchanges data and targets with the notorious Myrotvorets website, which publishes a hit list of enemies to be “Terminated,” which they themselves state is taken in many cases from the CCD list. The CCD attack on the Feb. 19 rally ends by providing specifics of the date and location of the event.

    Over recent months, the CCD target list has included dozens of Schiller Institute leaders and speakers at Schiller Institute events, some of whom have also been featured prominently on the Myrotvorets hit list as well—including Diane Sare, candidate for the U.S. Senate from New York, who is a scheduled speaker at the Feb. 19 rally, as are a number of other individuals on those lists.

    The Schiller Institute responded to the new CCD posting by recalling that the CCD has been and continues to be financed by the U.S. government, specifically by agencies of the State Department. The Schiller Institute has also informed dozens of House and Senate offices, on both sides of the aisle, of the details of the CCD/Myrotvorets lists, urging that U.S. government funding be stopped and that their violent targeting of political enemies be prohibited.

    The Schiller Institute takes the opportunity of this latest threat by the CCD to urge those Congressional offices that have been informed, and others responsible for oversight of such funding, as well as the relevant agencies of the Federal government who have heretofore supported the CCD, to help ensure that the Feb. 19 rally proceeds peacefully, as a group of Americans of disparate political ideologies join to exercise their First Amendment rights, calling for “Not One More Penny for War in Ukraine” and “Negotiate Peace,” among other demands.

    The full text of the English-language version posted by the CCD on its Telegram site follows:

    “In the USA, an anti-war rally is planned with the demand to stop military aid to Ukraine and start peace negotiations.

    “The Libertarian and People’s Parties of the USA are organizing a rally called ‘Rage Against the War Machine.’ During the rally, the speakers plan to address President Joe Biden with a number of demands, in particular regarding the war in Ukraine. Among them are ‘ceasing the financing of the war’ and calling for a ‘diplomatic settlement of the conflict.’

    “The ad contains Russian narratives that the expansion of NATO to the east provoked the Russian invasion, and the war against Ukraine led to the threat of nuclear war with Russia.

    “Invited speakers include former politicians, journalists, activists and musicians who have previously expressed pro-Russian rhetoric, including former US Democratic Party member Tulsi Gabbard and Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters.

    “The rally is scheduled for February 19 near the Lincoln Memorial in the center of Washington.”


    Comment by Marty | February 17, 2023 | Reply

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