Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Streamlining Emergency Management

The U.S. emergency management system has met a number of increasingly difficult challenges in recent years, such as extended wildfire seasons, more intense storms, and of course an ongoing global pandemic. In fact, FEMA noted that “the number of annual disasters that [they] have managed has tripled in the past...

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DHS Releases Fusion Center Strategy for 2022-2026

Fusion centers are an important asset to national security as they unite several law enforcement agencies to collaborate on information sharing and threat analysis dissemination to State, Local, Tribal and Territorial (SLTT), federal, and private sector partners. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released their Fusion Center Engagement...

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Using Artificial Intelligence Against Online Harms

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a report to Congress warning about using artificial intelligence (AI) to combat online harms, which include fraud, impersonation scams, fake reviews and accounts, bots, media manipulation, illegal drug sales and other illegal activities, sexual exploitation, hate crimes, harassment and cyberstalking, and misinformation campaigns aimed...

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Recommendations for Building a National Public Health System

The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a National Public Health System issued a set of recommendations for Congress, the Biden-Harris administration, and states, localities, tribes, and territories to transform public health in the United States. The nonpartisan commission believed that the coronavirus pandemic exposed fundamental weaknesses of the U.S. approach to...

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Global Peace Index 2022

The Institute for Economics and Peace has released their 2022 Global Peace Index (GPI), which studies 163 countries for “the level of societal Safety and Security; the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict; and the degree of Militarisation” in order to provide an analysis of peace for each country. ...

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In Case You Missed It: MMWR

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 and...

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Advancing Climate Action Through Partnerships

As the impacts of climate change are felt throughout the country, FEMA’s Resilient Nation Partnership Network (RNPN) along with NASA have released a new report, Building Alliances for Climate Action: Advancing Climate Action Through Partnerships. The RNPN is a diverse network represented by over 1500 organizations with the goal of...

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Climate Disinformation at COP26 AND BEYOND

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) and CASM Technology  partnered in creating “Deny, Deceive, Delay: Documenting and Responding to Climate Disinformation at COP26 and Beyond.” This report highlights failures to curb disinformation and prevent positive action efforts towards climate change mitigation. After 18 months of dedicated research, the main antagonist...