The decision stop funding of the GDI is laudable, but many questions remain on efforts to combat "disinformation."… We are engaged in a game of Whac-a-Mole with the Administration where we hit a disinformation board and a disinformation index pops up.
...NED insists that they were not directed to fund the Index and had other donors but it is unclear if the Administration was informed of the grant. It is also unclear whether federal money went to other disinformation efforts...
...We still know little of these details. While Democrats are opposing investigations into these programs on censorship efforts, we need greater transparency on the full range of government efforts targeting speech from the FBI efforts to grants through groups like NED.
...I was not alone in raising these questions. Indeed, one of the sites listed as the most dangerous disinformation sites objected their inclusion. Reason is a site composed for conservative and libertarian law professors giving substantive legal analysis.…
...Here is one of the columns in Reason that also raised the concern over federal funding.…

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