Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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FEMA National Preparedness Report 2018

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency released its 2018 National Preparedness Report which details the nation’s readiness to address emergency incidents.  FEMA uses a capabilities-based approach to establish the National Preparedness Goal that focuses on 32 core capabilities and five specific Mission Areas: prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. Focusing...

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Hate Crime in the U.S. in 2017

The 1990 Hate Crime Statistics Act, 28 28 U.S.C. § 534, requires the U.S. Attorney General to collect data and report on crimes that derive from “prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity”. The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) collects and...

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November Terror Threat Snapshot

The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security released its monthly Terror Threat Snapshot, detailing terrorist activities around the world. The November assessment highlights terrorist activity since 2013 during which time thirty states have identified jihadist movements; there have been 248 ISIS-linked incidents in 18 European countries; and, the predominant weapons used...

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Democracy Facing the Challenge of Disinformation

A new report from Freedom House—Freedom on the Net 2018: The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism—raises concerns that excessive fake news is resulting in a general trend toward decreased internet freedom. Disinformation and propaganda has the potential to incite violence and undermine democracy, but it is frequently used purposefully to compel...

Assessing the Risk of Solar Inverters to the U.S. Electrical Grid

Last month, Ridge Global LLC released a report titled “Potential Electric Grid Vulnerability from Cyber Enabled Foreign Actors: A Risk Assessment Study of Solar Inverter Technology,” detailing critical vulnerabilities in the U.S. electric grid. In particular, the report centers on the concerns of photovoltaic inverters, whose use could significantly increase in the...

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Humanitarian Aid Struggling to Meet Needs of Global Humanitarian Crises

The 2018 World Disasters Report released by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) paints a bleak picture of the state of global humanitarian aid. This report describes a humanitarian sector ill-equipped to meet the needs of all people living in crisis globally. In 2017,  humanitarian...

Reducing Risks in Law Enforcement: How to Increase Efficiency and Improve Community Relations?

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and Strategic Applications International (SAI) have released a report detailing the efforts put forward by the law enforcement community to minimize risks and vulnerabilities to civil lawsuits. The report provides highlights gathered during the December 7, 2016 forum focusing on “all aspects...