Countering AI-Generated Disinformation

Active
Yes
Status
Posted
Published Date
June 5th, 2024
Close Date
July 1st, 2024
Total Funding
$80,000.00
Award Ceiling
$80,000.00
Award Floor
$50,000.00
Expected No. Awards
1
Opportunity No.
DOS-BAGHDAD-PD-2024-0002

Agency

U.S. Mission to Iraq (DOS-IRQ)

Eligible Applicants

Private Institutions of Higher Education

Funding Category

Other

Funding Instrument

Grant

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The U.S. Mission to Iraq, under the U.S. Department of State, is seeking applications for a grant opportunity titled "Countering AI-Generated Disinformation". The purpose of this program is to build capacity among social media influencers, journalists, and journalism students in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) and Kirkuk governorate. The program aims to address the concerns posed by the rise of AI-generated disinformation, which undermines the ability of the public and media to report on current events accurately. By training 15 social media influencers and 100 journalists or journalism students, the program aims to educate participants on how AI is used to produce and disseminate disinformation, how to recognize disinformation, and how to communicate this information effectively to their audiences. The program expects influencers to create at least two pieces of unique content on disinformation, while journalists and journalism students are expected to write and publish at least two stories on the subject. The grant opportunity is open to private institutions of higher education. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2024. For more information, please contact Rebeen K Wali, the Resource Coordination Specialist, at ErbilPDGrants@state.gov.

Description

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONThe U.S. Consulate General in Erbil of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to build capacity among social media influencers, journalists, and journalism students in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) and Kirkuk governorate. Please follow all instructions below.Priority Region: Iraqi Kurdistan Region. Priority will be given to projects which include audiences from outside the three major cities of Erbil, Duhok and Sulaimani. Program Objectives: The rise of AI-generated disinformation poses significant concerns to the ability of the public and media to fairly and accurately report on current events, given the ability of bots to spread information, and deepfakes to make it extraordinarily difficult to tell truth from fiction – putting democracy itself at risk. This program will train 15 social media influencers and 100 newly minted journalists (fewer than 5 years of service) or journalism students on how AI is used to produce and disseminate disinformation, how to recognize disinformation, and how to explain this in clear language to their audiences without scare tactics, in a way that empowers audiences rather than demoralizes them. Influencers should, as a result, create at least two pieces of unique content on disinformation for their audiences; journalists and journalism students should write and publish at least two stories on disinformation. Participants and Audiences:This program envisions two separate trainings: one focused on 15 significant social media influencers (minimum numbers of followers to be determined), and one for 100 journalism students or journalists with fewer than 5 years of service.

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