Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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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International Survey of Coronavirus News

Since early 2020, news and media have played an especially important role in providing ongoing information about the coronavirus pandemic. News reporters and journalists have done their best to provide credible, trustworthy, and data-driven information which people have been able to use to protect themselves, their families, and communities. Conversely,...

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Countering Violent Extremism Interventions

What interventions are being used and how effective are they for countering violent extremism?  The UK-based organization, Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats, delves into these questions with their May 2021 report, Countering Violent Extremism Interventions: Contemporary Research.  Some key findings from their report are: Former extremists are...

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Recent Focus on QAnon

Months after the January 6, 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, the QAnon conspiracy theory continues to gain traction in the U.S., and pose potential threats to American democracy and public safety. QAnon’s main premise is that prominent members of the Democratic Party and Hollywood elite comprise a transnational...

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Facebook’s IO Threat Report

According to Facebook’s recent Threat Report on the State of Influence Operations (IO), from 2017 through mid 2021, they took down at least 150 covert influence operations for violations against their Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (CIB) policies.  These “coordinated efforts to manipulate or corrupt public debate for a strategic goal” originated...

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FEMA Releases COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance

As the 2021 Atlantic and Pacific hurricane seasons as well as the peak Western wildfire season are fast approaching, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released new guidance for state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) officials as they prepare for another year of response and recovery operations amidst the COVID-19...

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Disinformation Automation

Effective disinformation campaigns can create doubt, spread false narratives, and even call others to action, but these campaigns have strictly been a human-only endeavor. In Truth, Lies, and Automation: How Language Models Could Change Disinformation, researchers at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology explore if artificial intelligence and automation...

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Challenges in Addressing Domestic Violent Extremism

Mitchell D. Silber’s recently published report for the Atlantic Council titled “Domestic Violent Extremism and the Intelligence Challenge,”  offers a deep dive into the intelligence challenges exposed by the January 6, 2021 Capitol Riot event. According  Silber, “intelligence collection did not fail. In fact, it was robust. Rather, the failure was...