Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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White House Releases Updated Plan to Combat Human Trafficking

Today, the White House released its 2021 National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking. “Globally, an estimated 25 million people are subjected to human trafficking and forced labor, which is responsible for an estimated $150 billion annually in illicit profits.  It erodes the safety and health of our communities and transportation networks,...

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IPR Toolkit: Avoid Holiday Shopping Scams

The holiday shopping season is officially in full swing! To ensure consumers make educated decisions when searching for the best deals, the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Coordination Center released their “2021 Holiday Shopping Toolkit.” This guide offers online shopping “do’s and don’ts”, various tips for protecting your financial and...

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New Report Compares Salafi-Jihadism and White Supremacist Extremist Ideologies

Rise of the Reactionaries: Comparing the Ideologies of Salafi-Jihadism and White Supremacist Extremism, the latest report from the Program on Extremism at George Washington University and the National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE), explores the ideological similarities between Salafi-jihadism and right-wing white supremacist extremism. Jihadists are the ideological fringe...

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Understanding and Combating Covid-19 Vaccine ‘Psychological Warfare’

Graphika has recently released Viral Vendetta: Inside the Conspiratorial Movement Waging a Cross-Platform ‘Psychological Warfare’ Campaign Against Covid-19 Vaccine Advocates. This report focuses on a group known as the V_V movement amid the growth of Covid-19 conspiracies and health misinformation. Similar to other on- and offline Covid-19 skeptic movements that...

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Behavioral and Social Science Responses to COVID-19

The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), the self-described “UK’s hub for behavioural and social science research into security threats,” has released the latest issue of their quarterly CREST Security Review magazine. This Autumn 2021 issue, titled COVID-19: Behavioural and Social Science Responses to the Pandemic, highlights...

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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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Final Report of the Commission on Information Disorder Released

The Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder was created to address the growing societal challenges associated with misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation. The Commission, co-chaired by renowned journalist Katie Couric, cybersecurity expert Chris Krebs, and civil rights leader Rashad Robinson, brought together representatives from the fields of academia, government, philanthropy, and...

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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...

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National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released their most recent National Terrorism Advisory Bulletin. The bulletin allows DHS to communicate to the American public about heightened risks of terrorist threats, and how DHS is responding. This update is especially timely, as we are approaching “several religious holidays and associated...