Countering Disinformation in Elections

Foreign governments are using sophisticated disinformation campaigns to undermine American confidence in our core democratic institutions, particularly elections. The Colorado Department of State is taking steps to protect our elections from foreign interference. Two representatives from CDOS will present “Countering Foreign Disinformation in Colorado Elections” on Monday, May 3, at 4 p.m. via Zoom, a presentation on the threat, what the department is doing to mitigate it and actions you can take to help.

After the presentation, CPW will honor Karen Petersen, 2021 Colorado Communicator of Achievement, and Colorado winners in the NFPW At-Large Communications Contest. We will also elect officers and vote on bylaw amendments.

Please share with others! RSVP by Friday, April 30 for this free event at info@coloradopresswomen.org to receive the Zoom link.

Nathan Blumenthal began as director of Rapid Response Election Security and Cyber Unit in July 2020 after two decades working in national security in Washington, DC. Most recently, he was Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security and the head of DHS’s Counter Foreign Influence Task Force, positions responsible for preventing foreign influence in US elections. He also served two tours at the White House/National Security Council and in positions at the Director of National Intelligence

Aaron Hayman is a Senior Elections Security Specialist with CDOS/RESCU. He worked for nearly a decade in the intelligence community in Washington, DC and overseas. He has experience analyzing a range of national security threats and working with government agencies to mitigate those threats. He leads RESCU’s efforts to counter foreign disinformation. Hayman recently sent the following email to “Colorado Partners”:

This week the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) issued a report (available here), and the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security jointly issued a report (available here), outlining how foreign adversaries meddled in the 2020 election.  We know everyone is busy so we wanted to briefly provide our assessment of the key takeaways for Coloradans:

Technical Interference: Foreign adversaries did not “….alter any technical aspect of the voting process in the 2020 US elections, including voter registration, casting ballots, vote tabulation, or reporting results.”  DHS and the FBI investigated claims that Cuba, China, or Venezuela manipulated election systems—and determined these claims are not credible.

Attempts to Influence: Russia and Iran did spread disinformation about the electoral process—particularly in regard to fraud, mail voting, and results—to decrease Americans’ confidence in the system.  They also attempted to sow division and exacerbate social and political tensions in the US.

Looking Forward: The reports warned that adversaries almost certainly will meddle in future elections, for example, “…that Moscow will continue election influence efforts to further its longstanding goal of weakening” the US.

The Colorado Secretary of State recently posted on Twitter (thread available here) regarding these important reports.  We would appreciate any efforts to re-tweet or otherwise share this important information with your community here in Colorado to increase awareness about the threat of foreign influence and continue to build resilience.

The Zoom link will be sent to all paid CPW members.

Ongoing CPW Events

Writers Group
The CPW Writers Group welcomes new members interested in stretching into creative writing, whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry or scripts. We meet on the second Saturday of the month. For details, contact Ann Lockhart.

Past Events:

Capacity crowd enjoys authors at Nov. 4 event

By |November 26th, 2017|Categories: Club News, Events|

Three diverse authors of thrillers, mysteries and a memoir entertained members of Colorado Press Women and their guests Nov. 4 at their annual authors’ meeting at the Denver Woman’s Press Club’s historic building at 1325 [...]

Comments Off on Capacity crowd enjoys authors at Nov. 4 event

Fun tour of Pueblo a real mind-changer

By |August 10th, 2017|Categories: Club News, Events|

Randy Thurston is on a mission to dispel many of the preconceptions about Pueblo, Colo. When asked about what makes his hometown special, the former Pueblo City Councilman easily can come up with more than [...]

Comments Off on Fun tour of Pueblo a real mind-changer

Talk covers status of Colorado newspapers

By |May 24th, 2017|Categories: Club News, Events|

Corey Hutchins came to Colorado Press Women’s May 20 meeting to talk about matters newspapers don’t usually report on. For example: owners who are cutting staff costs and milking the cash out of Colorado newspapers. [...]

Comments Off on Talk covers status of Colorado newspapers

Journalists must reclaim, reinforce media’s role

By |February 16th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Club News, Events|

The topic “Restoring Trust in the Media” elicited a lively panel discussion by three university journalism professors, a newspaper editor and a high school journalism teacher, along with members of Colorado Press Women and guests [...]

Comments Off on Journalists must reclaim, reinforce media’s role

Meeting the woman who broke The Denver Post’s glass ceiling

By |September 26th, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, Club News, Events|

The first woman editor of The Denver Post in nearly its 124-year history, Lee Ann Colacioppo, told Colorado Press Women members and guests meeting at the Denver Press Club Sept. 22 that she first got [...]

Comments Off on Meeting the woman who broke The Denver Post’s glass ceiling
Go to Top