Author: Lindsey Mastrangelo

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Global Organized Crime Index 2021

The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) has released the first edition of their Global Organized Crime Index, a unique data-driven tool that assesses the levels of organized crime and resilience to organized criminal activity in all 193 United Nations member states. Each country is assigned a criminality score...

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How to Fight Against Information Manipulation

After observing several attempts to undermine the integrity of election-related information for democracies around the world, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, and the Stanford Internet Observatory came together to create a document intended to help societies push back against information manipulation. This playbook, entitled Combating Information Manipulation:...

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The Rise of Domestic Extremism

In the wake of an increasing amount of events related to armed politics and violent activism in the United States, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has released two reports that evaluate the growing threats of domestic extremist movements. The first report, Skinheads, Saints, and (National) Socialists: An Overview of...

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Combating Ransomware: Key Recommendations from the Ransomware Task Force

Ransomware, a cybercrime in which attackers remotely compromise computer systems until a ransom is given, is posing an increasing risk to national security. These attacks can potentially cripple critical government infrastructure, disrupt schools and businesses, shut down hospital systems and other institutions, withhold and/or expose private data, and are on...

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Hobby School of Public Affairs Surveys Texans on Opinions of Winter Storm and Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions

In an attempt to understand the impact that Winter Storm Uri had on Texas, the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs conducted a survey of adults living in the 213 counties served by the Texas Electrical Grid. The survey gathered information on Texans’ experiences during the storm, as...

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U.S. Secret Service Hopes to Prevent Targeted School Violence by Analyzing Averted Plots

The U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) has been expanding their research of targeted violence prevention in communities across the country. In their efforts to demonstrate a path toward preventing school violence in particular, they analyzed 67 disrupted plots against K-12 schools from 2006-2018. This report, titled Averting...

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“This is Our House!”: A Preliminary Assessment of the Capitol Hill Participants

In a report released by The Program on Extremism at George Washington University, a team of researchers aimed to analyze the more than 250 individuals who were charged in actively participating in the January 6th storming of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.  They gathered information from court records and...