Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Technologies to Address Global Catastrophic Biological Risks

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security has released a new report that builds on previous research off of global catastrophic biological risks, or GCBRs. The report, titled Technologies to Address Global Catastrophic Biological Risks, centers on modern technology that can be used to respond to GCBRs. The report points...

What’s in a Number? Why 1.5°C Matters

Though climate change has been part of the global discourse for some time, the international community has been slow to react to the environmental crisis. This reluctance to act may be attributed in part to the ambiguous nature of climate change: How do we know the climate is really changing?...

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Strategy for Protecting and Preparing the Homeland Against Threats from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD)

On October 9, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] released a new strategy designed to address the threats posed by electromagnetic incidents. DHS assesses that such an incident could be “potentially catastrophic” and as such, has released this strategy to protect the critical infrastructure in the United States....

Not Finished Yet: A Report on ISIS-Related Incidents

ISIS’ heyday may seem long gone. There are no sensational headlines nor prolific attacks and they continue to lose territory in Syria. As comforting as this thought is, it may be too soon to tell. While successful counter-insurgency operations hinder ISIS’ ability to organize, recent evidence suggests the group’s leader,...

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Twitter and Information Warfare

During the 2016 election season, the United States saw a misinformation campaign larger then we’ve ever seen before. With tens of thousands of “fake news” posts proliferating across social media platforms, confusion and suspicion spread rapidly and dangerously. While there is still much to learn, the Knight Foundation recently released...

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Crossing the (AI) Border: The Use of Bots in Canada’s Immigration System

What’s the human risk of using non-human decision making for a nationwide immigration and refugee system? That’s the question that the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) is asking. The IHRP and the Citizen Lab, both entities at the University of Toronto, recently collaborated to publish “Bots at the Gate: A...

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President Trump Releases the 2018 National Strategy for Counterterrorism

Yesterday, the White House published the National Strategy for Counterterrorism of the United States of America. The Executive Summary sets the landscape that “we remain a nation at war”, but claims that the new strategy will provide a path to victory. In a nod to the nation’s global partners in...

School Shootings in America since 1970

Center for Homeland Defense and Security Releases Comprehensive Database of School Shootings in America

Thirteen hundred shootings have occurred in the U.S. since 1970 at schools serving children in grades kindergarten through 12th (K-12), according to a research project conducted by the program for Advanced Thinking in Homeland Security at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School. The K-12...

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Safeguarding America’s Democracy: Proposals for Reform

The National Task Force on Rule of Law & Democracy, a division of the Brennan Center for Justice, has published Proposals for Reform, a report concerned about the rapidly decreasing guardrails of unwritten rules and norms that usually underpin the foundation of American democracy. The Task Force is a nonpartisan...

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Transnational Organized Crime Underpins Global Conflict

The Norwegian Center for Global Analyses (RHIPTO), International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), and the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime released a joint report in September detailing the connection between transnational organized crime and global conflicts. The report states that 96% of an annual USD31.5 billion in illicit flows is...