Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Democracy Under Assault: Global Deterioration in Basic Rights and Freedoms

Freedom House released a new report highlighting an alarming decline of democracies around the globe. According to the report, Freedom in the World 2020: A Leaderless Struggle for Democracy,  the setbacks are apparent not only in authoritarian states, but also among countries that traditionally protect basic rights and freedoms. Significantly,...

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Stemming the Flow of Narcotics at the US-Canada Border

In mid-February, the Executive Office of the President and the Office of National Drug Control Policy released the 2020 Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy. The 2020 Strategy addresses the issue of smuggling drugs across the United States-Canada border. The Strategy identifies different types of illegal drugs being brought into the United...

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Global Security Depends on Climate Change Mitigation

The National Security, Military and Intelligence Panel (NSMIP) of the Center for Climate and Security released a report warning the public of “high-to-catastrophic” threats to domestic and global security originating from climactic changes. Consisting of representatives from national security, military, and intelligence fields, the panel analyzed security impacts of global...

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Concerns in U.S. Policy for Addressing Propaganda and Disinformation

In a policy paper released by the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, Dr. Haroro J. Ingram argues that the propaganda and disinformation threats of state and non-state actors “threaten not only the stability and security of nations but democracy itself.” Titled Persuade or Perish: Addressing Gaps in the U.S....

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2019 Internet Crime Report Released

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center has released the “2019 Internet Crime Report“, which provides a detailed overview of the 467,361 Internet-facilitated crime complaints issued in 2019. According to the report, complaints were mostly submitted about the following types of crimes: Phishing/Vishing/Smishing/Pharming, Non-Payment/Non-Delivery, Extortion, and Personal Data...

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U.S. National Counterintelligence Strategy

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center has released the National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America for 2020-2022 (Strategy). This Strategy updates the last released in 2016, and offers new viewpoints and methods for dealing with foreign intelligence threats to the nation. Since 2016 the foreign counterintelligence landscape...

In Focus: 2019 Novel Coronavirus

New In Focus now available on 2019 Novel Coronavirus. A short collection of reports from the Congressional Research Service and other organizations providing information about the new coronavirus recently identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Additionally, publishers including Elsevier, Wiley, and Springer Nature, have made recent studies related to the 2019 novel coronavirus available to...