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Google Releases COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Google published an early release of COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports. These reports provide data-driven insights into changes happening due to work from home, shelter in place, and other initiatives to flatten the pandemic curve. The reports utilize Google Maps technology to identify trends over...

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HSDL Offers Comprehensive Resources on COVID-19

As part of our ongoing mission of collecting and disseminating relevant and important HS related information, the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) has developed a special collection focused on the growing threat of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our new COVID-19 Special Collection includes over 1,800+ resources from leading public health organizations...

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Far-Right Terrorism: Analyzing Roots and Motivations

The Centre on Radicalisation and Terrorism at the Henry Jackson Society released a new report analyzing the nature of contemporary far-right terrorism. Significantly, this type of extremism appears to be on the rise with a significant increase in far-right terrorist attacks across the Western world since 2016-17. Furthermore, as the...

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Democracy Under Assault: Global Deterioration in Basic Rights and Freedoms

Freedom House released a new report highlighting an alarming decline of democracies around the globe. According to the report, Freedom in the World 2020: A Leaderless Struggle for Democracy,  the setbacks are apparent not only in authoritarian states, but also among countries that traditionally protect basic rights and freedoms. Significantly,...

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Global Security Depends on Climate Change Mitigation

The National Security, Military and Intelligence Panel (NSMIP) of the Center for Climate and Security released a report warning the public of “high-to-catastrophic” threats to domestic and global security originating from climactic changes. Consisting of representatives from national security, military, and intelligence fields, the panel analyzed security impacts of global...

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Threat of Muslim-American Terrorism Remains Low

The Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy released the eleventh annual report on Muslim-American Involvement with Violent Extremism, 2001-2019. Each year, the reports cover data on Muslim-American terrorism suspects and perpetrators in relation to previous years. In 2019, the report indicates...

DHS Releases Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a first-of-its-kind Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking, the Importation of Goods Produced with Forces Labor, and Child Sexual Exploitation. Having declared achieving the end of human trafficking a national priority, the United States seeks to “leverage all of [its] authorities in this...

FBI Releases 2018 Hate Crime Statistics

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program has released the annual Hate Crime Statistics report for 2018. Highlighting a slight decline in hate crime incidents, the report identifies 7,120 crimes in 2018, as opposed to 7,175 reported crimes last year. The majority of crimes are single-bias (7,036), involving 8,646 victims. The largest...

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NORAD: Tracking Santa Since 1955

Where is Santa Claus? The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a United States and Canada joint organization which defends the homeland by monitoring and controlling the aerospace. This month, NORAD is temporarily switching its top priority mission…to find Santa’s whereabouts. The tradition, that began in 1955, continues to...