Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Three New Papers on Online Violent Extremism from the Program on Extremism

The George Washington University Program on Extremism released three new papers on Online Violent Extremism. All deal with the complicated issue of determining and assigning who bears the legal and moral onus of countering online terrorism. “Leveraging CDA 230 to Counter Online Extremism” by Annemarie Bridy argues “that the scope...

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Remembering September 11, 2001

As Americans commemorate 9/11 attacks, the nation is continuing to grapple with the consequences of the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Eighteen years have passed since the event brought an unprecedented breadth of research on terrorism, culminating in significant policy and legislative changes that continue to shape the U.S....

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Chinese Disinformation Campaign Against the Hong Kong Protests

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute has released a new report analyzing the Chinese Government’s social media campaign against the recent Hong Kong protests.  Titled Tweeting Through the Great Firewall: Preliminary Analysis of PRC-linked Information Operations on the Hong Kong Protests, the study analyzes roughly 3.6 million tweets from over 900...

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In Focus: 5G and National Security

New In Focus now available on 5G and National Security. From the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): Use of 5G components manufactured by untrusted companies could expose U.S. entities to risks introduced by malicious software and hardware, counterfeit components, and component flaws caused by poor manufacturing processes and maintenance...

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In Focus: Insider Threats

New In Focus now available on Insider Threats. From the Department of Homeland Security: DHS/US-CERT defines the insider threat as a current or former employee, contractor, or other business partner who has or had authorized access to an organization’s network, system, or data and intentionally misused that access to negatively...

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Far-Right Terrorism and American Jihadists

The George Washington University Program on Extremism has released three new reports, two from the most prominent experts on domestic terrorism, and one on American foreign fighters. In “Surveying the Landscape of the American Far Right” by Mark Pitcavage, the author attempts to make a critical distinction between white supremacy,...

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Public Programs to Counter Violent Extremism

A new paper released by the Department of Homeland Security describes an evaluation of programs intended to counter violent extremism in Los Angeles (LA) County: Leveraging a Targeted Violence Prevention Program to Prevent Violent Extremism: A Formative Evaluation in Los Angeles. Between December 2015 and November 2016, public health professionals...

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A New Approach for Disposing of Nuclear Materials

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research has recently released a report exploring a new approach for nuclear disarmament titled Watch Them Go: Simplifying the Elimination of Fissile Materials and Nuclear Weapons. Fissile materials, such as forms of uranium and plutonium, are materials capable of sustaining a nuclear chain reaction....