Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Conspiracy Theory Trends: QAnon

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue has released Genesis of a Conspiracy Theory: Key Trends in QAnon Activity Since 2017, a report analyzing the QAnon conspiracy, including a rise in activity amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to the report, this conspiracy theory “claims that an elite group of child-trafficking paedophiles have...

COVID-19 Web of... stuff. Health, medicine, mask etc.

Resetting the Approach to COVID-19

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip the United States and we see the number of cases rise, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has released The Way Forward on COVID-19: A Road Map to Reset the Nation’s Approach to the Pandemic. The AAMC is made up of 172...

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Reimagining Workforce Policy in the Age of Disruption: A State Guide for Preparing the Future Workforce Now

The National Governors Association has released Reimagining Workforce Policy in the Age of Disruption: A State Guide for Preparing the Future Workforce Now. This report was developed as a tool for states to ready themselves for future disruption to the American workforce. Workforce disruption refers to any major changes to...

Use of Biometric Data to Identify Terrorists: Best Practice or Risky Business?

The Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota has released Use of Biometric Data to Identify Terrorists: Best Practice or Risky Business? a report which explores the human rights implications of biometric technologies used in a counterterrorism context.  The report begins with an explanation of biometrics, and the ways in which they...

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In Focus: Contact Tracing

New In Focus now available on Contact Tracing. A collection of reports focused on the process of Contact Tracing, which is being able to identify, assess, and manage people who have been exposed to a disease to prevent further transmission. These reports aim to define contact tracing and to give guidance...

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Combatting COVID-19 with Scientific Research

The National Institutes of Health‘s (NIH) Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research aims to understand, detect, prevent, and treat COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). Acknowledging the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19, NIH calls for an unprecedented reaction from the scientific community, emphasizing the need for rapid, well-funded research to help mitigate the spread...