Frequently Asked Questions
Do reports have to exclusively explicitly have to relate to elections?
No, if it is about election officials’ functions it would be appropriate to report. While the initial use of SQUINT is focusing on election infrastructure, policies, and procedures, the tools have broad application to misinformation. The key to using SQUINT is to be able to definitively state the correct information.
I submitted the wrong screenshot or an invalid report by mistake.
When you submit a report, you should receive a Confirmation Report email. In that same email, there is a link to delete your report. Be careful! That action cannot be undone.
I lost my one-time credentials.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive new credentials.
Who funds this program and what report / product is expected as a result?
This program is currently being funded by MITRE. The program will provide both individual reports of misinformation suitable for sharing by your organization, and aggregate trending reports which provide situational awareness of topics and trends of misinformation. Any trending topics will feed into other tools developed by MITRE to help focus other tools which monitor and analyze misinformation.
Do you sell your data, if so to whom/for what?
No, we do not sell data. MITRE is a not-for-profit working in the public interest. We view election integrity as an important part of our nation’s security, and this is one of the programs we’ve been working on to help preserve election integrity.
What other agencies are affiliated and have access to the data as a result of this program?
Our default is that the data will be aggregated and reported by participant jurisdiction. However, if there are similar topics or themes that emerge from cross jurisdictional analysis, then anonymized information may be shared across jurisdictions (e.g. if similar or identical misinformation is being reported by other jurisdictions, the URLs and misinformation may be shared). Our data is stored in a manner that allows for fine grained controls on information sharing. We have other state and local jurisdictions which are participating or have indicated that they intend to participate. We have briefed some federal agencies about this program. If there are agencies that you would like to have access to data from your jurisdiction, we can work to put the appropriate data use and sharing agreements in place.
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