Nina Jankowicz, President Joe Biden’s controversial choice for the Department of Homeland Security Disinformation Governance Board’s head during its three-week existence, was now registered as an agent foreign against hate speech.
Jankowicz claimed previously that the Hunter Biden laptop story was part of a Russian disinformation campaign. Jankowicz declared on Sept. 23 that she would be working with an organization “dedicated to protecting democracy, peace, and truth.”
Back from maternity leave and thrilled to be working with an organization that is dedicated to protecting democracy, peace, and truth.
I will be focusing on building CIR’s portfolio countering gendered disinfo and supporting CIR’s ongoing work responding to foreign influence. https://t.co/ekMPwX0XRp
— Nina Jankowicz 🇺🇦🇺🇸 (@wiczipedia) September 23, 2022
The Centre for Information Resilience is a U.K. non-profit that was founded by Adam Rutland (a British citizen) and Ross Burley (a U.K./U.S. citizen). It is primarily focused on “countering misinformation” and “exposing human rights abuses.”
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is partially funded by grants from the U.K. government.
According to foreign agent registration documents dated Nov. 17, in this new role Jankowicz “supervises research, executes the business strategy, oversees the establishment of CIR’s research, communicates with the media, and briefs individuals and officials on CIR’s research.”
According to registration documents Jankowicz will receive PS450 for 12 months and will serve as an ambassador for foreign organizations “on the Hill”, in the Federal Government, media among Silicon Valley tech companies and on “K Street”, as well as potential philanthropic organizations. ”
NINA JANKOWICZ registers as a foreign agent for the U.K.’s Centre for Information Resilience, which tracks disinfo.
She’ll serve as their “ambassador” to American policy makers and a media representative. https://t.co/1KrG5KrKUy pic.twitter.com/zU3Qvt1Gf3
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) November 23, 2022
The CIR suggested on Twitter that Jankowicz would lead the CIR’s efforts to combat “hostile state attempts at distorting information space” and launch the Hypatia Project.
Jankowicz’s London-based Hypatia Project will be focusing on so-called “gendered misinformation.” Jankowicz uses the example of Kamala Harris, the Vice President who “slept her way to the top” as an example. This subset of online gendered abuse uses misleading or false gender-based narratives against women, often with some coordination. It aims to discourage women from participating in the public sphere.
The website lists many examples of women politicians who have been victims of online abuse and swatting attacks by their peer politicians. But, there is no American Republican or Conservative listed.
The Hypatia Project will “recommend private and public sector policies to make the internet safer and more civil” and “document the relationship between gendered disinformation online, and coordinated hostile state activities.”
Jankowicz supports the de-platforming of former President Donald Trump. Her previous role was that of the executive director of DHS’ Disinformation Governance Board. It was announced on April 27, 2017, but the role didn’t last long.
Cat’s out of the bag: here’s what I’ve been up to the past two months, and why I’ve been a bit quiet on here.
Honored to be serving in the Biden Administration @DHSgov and helping shape our counter-disinformation efforts. https://t.co/uN20vl7qqV pic.twitter.com/JEn4FqLdck
— Nina Jankowicz 🇺🇦🇺🇸 (@wiczipedia) April 27, 2022
Three more weeks passed before the board was “paused”, which culminated in Jankowicz’s resignation.
This board was likened to George Orwell’s dystopian novel, “1984”. It was met with considerable resistance.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) tweeted, “The Federal Government has no business creating a Ministry of Truth. The Department of Homeland Security’s “Disinformation Board” is unconstitutional and un-American, and I’ll be introducing a bill to defund it.”
Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) called Jankowicz a “political hack” and tweeted that the board was “seriously dangerous and wholly unconstitutional.”
Biden’s dystopian Disinformation Governance Board is seriously dangerous and wholly unconstitutional.
I’m demanding Congress investigate DHS’ Ministry of Truth—NOW. pic.twitter.com/mtGBt0x5KM
— Rep. Andrew Clyde (@Rep_Clyde) April 28, 2022
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) similarly denounced the board, tweeting, “The Biden administration just took one more step towards Communism. DHS’ ‘Ministry of Truth is a crackdown on our Constitutional right to Free Speech.”
An opinion piece in Wall Street Journal pointed out that DGB is the abbreviation of the board. DGB’s truth specialists will declare grave threats at any turn.
Taylor Lorenz wrote in Washington Post that widespread concern over the abuse of the disinformation board could be a “textbook propaganda campaign.”
Lorenz claimed that the board was not intended to be used for police speech. Lorenz cited Hill staffers, who said that “Nina was responsible” for devising strategies to counter such campaigns. — to refute criticisms of the government.
Jankowicz denied ever having had the opportunity to discuss such “threats” with the DGB. He stated in an Insider Statement, “With the Board’s work paused and it’s future uncertain, [sic]” that he would leave DHS to return to his public work in the sphere.
Jankowicz has been registered as a foreign agent. This would indicate that “Marry Poppins” is back in London.
You can just call me the Mary Poppins of disinformation 💁🏻♀️ https://t.co/eGV9lpctYn pic.twitter.com/WVQFA2bPmq
— Nina Jankowicz 🇺🇦🇺🇸 (@wiczipedia) February 17, 2021