Author: Monica Wood

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Federal Cybersecurity Failures in Safeguarding America’s Data

What this report finds is stark. Inspectors general identified many of the same issues that have plagued Federal agencies for more than a decade.  A recently published bipartisan report, Federal Cybersecurity: America’s Data ‘Still’ at Risk, shows that two years after an initial cybersecurity investigation, Federal agencies are still not...

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DHS Releases Interagency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization

The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the Interagency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization to promote naturalization through citizenship education and awareness and by building capacity and expanding partnerships. As required by Executive Order 14012 on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening...

2020: The Virus and the Vote

The Virus and the Vote: Administering the 2020 Election in a Pandemic is a compendium of the Stanford-MIT [Massachusetts Institute of Technology] Healthy Elections Project’s research over the past election season. This final report from the Healthy Elections Project examines: The 2020 Primary Elections Battleground State Profiles In-Person Voting Mail...

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2020 Spike in Fireworks-Related Injuries and Deaths: Safety Is Critical for 4th of July Celebrations

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC)  2020 Fireworks Report, the United States experienced a significant increase in fireworks-related injuries and deaths last year. “Many municipalities cancelled July 4th public fireworks displays during the  COVID- 19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, which may have spurred consumers to use fireworks...

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What Do Former Extremists and Their Families Say About Radicalization and Deradicalization in America?

Who is at risk of joining violent extremist organizations? How do they find groups of like-minded people to join with? Can families and friends recognize whether someone is becoming radicalized? How do individuals change their minds and walk away from extremism? What can communities do to stop the growth of...

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Facebook’s IO Threat Report

According to Facebook’s recent Threat Report on the State of Influence Operations (IO), from 2017 through mid 2021, they took down at least 150 covert influence operations for violations against their Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (CIB) policies.  These “coordinated efforts to manipulate or corrupt public debate for a strategic goal” originated...

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FEMA Releases COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance

As the 2021 Atlantic and Pacific hurricane seasons as well as the peak Western wildfire season are fast approaching, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released new guidance for state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) officials as they prepare for another year of response and recovery operations amidst the COVID-19...

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Challenges in Addressing Domestic Violent Extremism

Mitchell D. Silber’s recently published report for the Atlantic Council titled “Domestic Violent Extremism and the Intelligence Challenge,”  offers a deep dive into the intelligence challenges exposed by the January 6, 2021 Capitol Riot event. According  Silber, “intelligence collection did not fail. In fact, it was robust. Rather, the failure was...