In today’s environment, including the recent siege of the U.S. Capitol, the way citizens view facts, define certainty, and classify information no longer adheres to traditional rules and expectations. Fundamental changes have made it easier for both domestic and foreign threats to exploit and amplify manipulated information to sow discord, push foreign nations’ policy agendas, cause panic, foment anger, and ultimately undermine confidence and public trust in the core institutions of our democracy. As COVID-19 and civil discourse intensifies, a new, broader, and perilous disinformation environment generates distrust, deception, and death.
Law enforcement leaders are asking how disinformation campaigns will impact their communities and what can Sheriffs and chief law enforcement leaders do to detect and thwart these messages. The sheer amount of disinformation on the pandemic and recent elections means that government and community leaders need to take specific actions to ensure their citizens and employees receive factual and actionable information.
During this session we will discuss:
- How can you quickly identify Disinformation Campaigns?
- Where can you go for help when you run across a disinformation concern?
- What do you do about them?
- What can/should you do about the group spreading the disinformation?
- How do you handle a media outlet that wants to make it into an issue?
- Examples of disinformation (from Election 2016, DAPL and others)
- Use of new technologies – deep fake videos, Adobe VoCo, others
- How to monitor social media, without bursting your budget
- Using social media for operational intel
- Countering disinformation – quick steps to take
- What deputies and officers need to know about how to counter disinformation
Other Webinars in this Series:
- Dec 9: Unintended Consequences of Disinformation Campaigns on Law Enforcement
- Jan 21: From Flash to Bang: How Disinformation Fueled the Attack on the US Capitol (this webinar)
- Jan 28: Countering Disinformation Campaigns for Law Enforcement Command Staff, Practitioners and PIOs
The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of criminal justice and public safety. Throughout its seventy-seven year history, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for sheriffs, deputies, chiefs of police, other law enforcement professionals, state governments and the federal government.