Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Reading disinformation about COVID-19

Weaponized: How Rumors About COVID-19’s Origins Led to a Narrative Arms Race

In a recently released report from the DFRLab of the Atlantic Council of the United States, researchers analyzed the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic and the disinformation being spread about the disease. Titled Weaponized: How Rumors About COVID-19’s Origins Led to a Narrative Arms Race, the study “focuses...

Rising Tide of Hate and Violence Against Asian Americans in New York During COVID-19

The Asian American Bar Association of New York and Paul, Weiss, Goldberg, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP have released a new report “A Rising Tide of Hate and Violence against Asian Americans in New York During COVID-19: Impact, Causes, Solutions”  which details an alarming uptick in anti-Asian violence associated with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.  ...

CDC Strategy for K-12 School Reopening

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  has released a new strategy CDC’s Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools Through Phased Mitigation for re-opening schools during the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. More detailed information from the relevant CDC webpage is also available here. The opening lines of the document underscore that...

Center for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

In Case You Missed It: MMWR and COVID

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) maintains a collection of the Centers for Disease Control‘s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which collects and analyzes data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on epidemiology and public health. Each issue of the MMWR is packed with raw and analyzed public health data...

In Focus: Impeachment 2021

New In Focus now available on the 2021 Presidential Impeachment of Donald J. Trump. A collection of resources focused on the 2021 impeachment proceedings of President Trump. The House voted to approve a single article of impeachment, accusing President Trump of “inciting violence against the government of the United States” in his...

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Social Media: Conspiracy Theories and Radicalization

The Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET) has released their latest report, Conspiracy Theories, Radicalisation and Digital Media, discussing the role of social media in inducing radicalization and terrorism through the spread of conspiracy theories.  In the wake of violent incidents spurred by disinformation, many believe more should be...

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Policing in America: A Framework for Reform

Over the last few years, policing in America has become a constant topic of consideration among local communities, with the conversation reaching the ears of state and federal officials. Though there is no clear path on how to address police reform, the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City suggests...

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GAO COVID-19 Recommendations: Progress Falls Short of Expectations

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a new report detailing their comprehensive review of the progress made by federal agencies to “respond to and recover from the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic.”  Their report, COVID-19: Critical Vaccine Distribution, Supply Chain, Program Integrity, and Other Challenges Require Focused Federal Attention,...

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Biodefense Plan to End Pandemic Threats

In their report, The Apollo Program for Biodefense: Winning the Race Against Biological Threats, the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense has released critical recommendations for the U.S. to be better prepared to handle the challenges of future pandemics and essentially end the threats of potential biological warfare.  The hope for The...