Author: Victoria Vanderzielfultz

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Assessing Extremism in the U.S. Military

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland has recently released Radicalization in the Ranks: An Assessment of the Scope and Nature of Criminal Extremism in the United States Military, a report examining criminal extremism amongst active and retired U.S....

2022 Positive Peace Report Release

The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) has released Positive Peace Report 2022: Analysing the Factors that Build, Predict and Sustain Peace, a report that uses a “Positive Peace Index (PPI)” to evaluate and compare societal peace efforts in 163 countries. Utilizing this index, IEP found that over the past...

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Countering Disinformation in the U.S.

The U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission has released Countering Disinformation in the United States, a report detailing the current information ecosystem in the United States. This report addressed two main concerns, foreign influences and public awareness. Foreign influencers, like Russia, China, and Iran, “conduct operations to spread both disinformation and misinformation...

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Analyzing News Manipulation by State Actors

In a recently released report, Bad Actors in News Reporting: Tracking News Manipulation by State Actors, RAND Corporation details national government’s efforts to manipulate COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic information to further their own global agendas. The report found that all nations analyzed, which included China, the U.S., the U.K.,...

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Blueprint Released for a National Strategic Computing Reserve

The National Science and Technology Council has released National Strategic Computing Reserve: A Blueprint, a report which details the need and possible approaches for implementing a computing reserve for emergency use. The COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic highlighted the need for such a reserve when research and development teams relied...

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2020 Hate Crime Statistics Released

The Federal Bureau of Investigations has released Hate Crime Statistics, 2020 as part of its Uniform Crime Reporting Program. The hate crimes included in the dataset are defined as “a committed criminal offense which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias(es) against a race, religion, disability,...

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Intelligence Community Assesses COVID-19 Origins

The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released an Unclassified Summary of Assessment on COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] Origins. Details in the summary indicate that the most plausible origins of COVID-19 involve exposure to SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) via an infected animal or a...