The White House’s former “disinformation czar” Nina Jankowicz, who oversaw the now-defunct Disinformation Governance Board of the Department of Homeland Security, registered this month as a foreign agent for a British non-profit.
Registration records dated Nov. 18 show that Jankowicz is now working for the Centre for Information Resilience (CIR) that is based in the United Kingdom and, according to its website, is focused on research, digital investigations, exposing human rights abuses, countering disinformation, building the capacity of local partners, and combating online behavior that is harmful to women and minorities.
Partly financed by grants from the British government – including the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office – CIR was founded by the dual British-American national Ross Burley and the UK citizen Adam Rutland.
According to the registration documents, Jankowicz now executes CIR’s business strategy, oversees the CIR’s research establishment, communicates with the media, and briefs on CIR’s research.
She began working with CIR at the launch of the Hypatia Project – aimed at combating gendered abuse and discrimination – in September.
Jankowicz was appointed to her ultimately short-lived position as executive director of the Department of Homeland Security’s controversial Disinformation Governance Board earlier this year.
Many were seeing the board as a natural follow-up to anti-free speech measures the West adopted, such as the fight against WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange.
Pointing to her past positions on social media posts – doubting the legitimacy of The New York Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 election – critics questioned her ability to be impartial, digging up embarrassing details from the disinformation expert’s pasta and Twitter posts in which she herself spread misinformation.
The disinformation board, which launched in April, was ultimately put on pause within weeks amid mounting public pressure and Jankowicz resigned although even then she was dismissing the criticism, arguing that the board itself had become a victim of disinformation.
Despite her insisting that the governance board needed, DHS didn’t share her belief and, after an advisory council suggested doing so, opted to shutter the panel over the summer.