Author: Monica Wood

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Trends in Extremist use of 3D-Printed Guns

In The Future is Now: The Use of 3D-Printed Guns by Extremists and Terrorists, the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET) examines a rising trend in cases of extremists, terrorists, or paramilitaries making, or attempting to make, 3D-printed guns. According to the article, “while we have already seen their...

Assault rifle, gun, weapon

FBI Report: 2021 Active Shooter Incidents

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released their seventh annual report in a series of active shooter-related products published since September 2014. In Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2021,  FBI data reports 61 active shooter incidents in the United States for 2021, a 52.5% increase from 2020...

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New ATF Assessment on Firearms in Commerce

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recently published an analysis of firearms commerce in the United States – National Firearms Commerce and Trafficking Assessment (NFCTA): Firearms in Commerce. In April 2021, as part of the Justice Department’s strategy to combat the rise in violent crime, President Biden...

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SpOC’s 2022 Strategic Plan

Space Operations Command’s (SpOC) 2022 Strategic Plan outlines their goals and objectives as they continue to improve their warfighting posture. The Strategic Plan identifies the following 6 Lines of Effort (LOE) and their supporting objectives: 1: Advance SpOC-wide Preparations for Protect & Defend and Contested Operations Advance preparedness for contested...

Secretary Blinken Delivers Remarks on the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

State Department Releases 2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of State released the latest 2021 edition of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which documents the status of human rights and worker rights in 198 countries and territories around the world. The reports paint a clear picture of where human rights and democracy are under threat. They...

GNET Report Examines Violent Conspiratorial Narratives

The Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET) recently published the report – The Role of Violent Conspiratorial Narratives in Violent and Non-Violent Extreme Right Manifestos Online, 2015-2020. While there now exists an academic consensus stressing the importance of extremist words that sharply delineate, reify and polarise in‑ and out‑group...

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Virality Project: Memes, Magnets and Microchips

Six months of monitoring Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine discussions online culminated in The Virality Project’s (VP) recent release of their capstone report: Memes, Magnets and Microchips: Narrative Dynamics Around COVID-19 Vaccines. The document provides a detailed analysis of prominent narratives that emerged during the vaccine rollout, discussing their scope,...

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Rethinking Police Response to Mass Demonstrations

In Rethinking the Police Response to Mass Demonstrations: 9 Recommendations, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) underscores the critical  importance of police engaging with the community to achieve the twin goals of safeguarding First Amendment rights and protecting public safety. PERF, an organization dedicated to improving policing, has produced guidance...