Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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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...

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...

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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...

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Final Report of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Released

In January 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 13995, establishing a new COIVD-19 Health Equity Task Force. The Task Force’s mission is to recommend “actions to mitigate health inequities caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent such inequities in the future.” Their final report proposes five Priority...

Assessing Racial Equity in Disaster Management

RAND Corporation performed a literature review and exploratory study on racial equity, and how disasters can magnify the challenges already present for diverse community members. According to the report, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made an effort to address racial inequity...

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Women Peace and Security Index 2021/22

“This third edition of the global Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Index provides important insights into patterns and progress on women’s status and empowerment around the world. It reflects a shared vision that countries are more peaceful and prosperous when women are accorded full and equal rights and opportunities.” This...