Author: Erin Dauphinais-Soos

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World Happiness Report 2021

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network has released the World Happiness Report 2021.  While it is their ninth World Happiness Report, this piece is unlike any other due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world.  Using the Gallup World Poll as the foundation, this report examines...

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FBI Releases 2020 Internet Crime Report

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released their 2020 Internet Crime Report, which details a record number of 791,790 internet crime complaints that the department received in 2020.  The report explains that the “IC3 aggregates related complaints to build referrals, which are forwarded to local, state, federal, and...

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Coronavirus Relief Fund for Counties Around the Nation: A Review

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020 included the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), which gave immediate financial assistance to state and other local governments.  The National Association of Counties (NACo) petitioned the National Academy of Public Administrators (NAPA) to conduct an independent review of...

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Origins of Institutional Distrust and COVID Vaccine Disinformation

In their report, A Contagion of Institutional Distrust: Viral Disinformation of the COVID Vaccine and the Road to Reconciliation, the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), along with Rutgers University, delves into mapping out where disinformation originates and why there is distrust about the COVID-19 Vaccine and coinciding health policy mandates...

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QuickRoute Navigation App Now Available for First Responders

On March 5, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the release of QuickRoute, a navigation application geared especially for first responders.  Three years in the making, the highly anticipated app “addresses more challenges than a typical GPS application, including narrow lanes, inclement weather,...

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Social Media: Conspiracy Theories and Radicalization

The Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET) has released their latest report, Conspiracy Theories, Radicalisation and Digital Media, discussing the role of social media in inducing radicalization and terrorism through the spread of conspiracy theories.  In the wake of violent incidents spurred by disinformation, many believe more should be...

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GAO COVID-19 Recommendations: Progress Falls Short of Expectations

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report detailing their comprehensive review of the progress made by federal agencies to “respond to and recover from the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic.”  Their report, COVID-19: Critical Vaccine Distribution, Supply Chain, Program Integrity, and Other Challenges Require Focused Federal Attention,...

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Biodefense Plan to End Pandemic Threats

In their report, The Apollo Program for Biodefense: Winning the Race Against Biological Threats, the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense has released critical recommendations for the U.S. to be better prepared to handle the challenges of future pandemics and essentially end the threats of potential biological warfare.  The hope for The...