Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Assessing Risk for a Reopening Business Amidst COVID-19

As restrictions are gradually being lifted during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has released the Operational Toolkit for Businesses Considering Reopening or Expanding Operations in COVID-19. Businesses looking to resume operations can use this toolkit to assess and mitigate their risk of transmitting COVID-19....

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Deep Fake Dangers: More than Misinformation

In the April 2020 Australian Strategic Policy Institute policy brief, Weaponised Deep Fakes: National Security and Democracy, analysts Hannah Smith and Katherine Mansted demonstrate just how far deep fake technology has come, and how realistic and easily-created misinformation is, by opening with a foreword written by a deep learning algorithm. The...

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FBI Releases 2019 Statistics on Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted

The FBI has released Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted 2019, which provides statistics and data on the following: “Officers Feloniously Killed”; “Officers Accidentally Killed”; and “Federal Officers Killed and Assaulted.” Data on “Officers Assaulted” is expected to be added in the Fall of 2020. According to the reported data,...

Survey of American Risk Perceptions and Emotional Responses to COVID-19

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication have released a new report Americans’ Risk Perceptions and Emotional Responses to COVID-19 based on findings from a scientific national survey.  The survey of 3,933 adults reveals that most believe that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted daily life across America. The findings show that...

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In Focus: COVID-19: Reopening

New In Focus now available on COVID-19 Reopening. A collection of reports focused on guidance, recommendations, and action plans for reopening communities and businesses. There are still many variables to consider before fully opening up communities while continuing to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These reports offer roadmaps and...

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In Focus: Infodemic

New In Focus now available on Infodemic. A collection of reports focusing on the topic of infodemic, or the “over-abundance of information – some accurate and some not – that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it” (WHO). Infodemic can also lead...

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Testing Blueprint: Opening America Up Again

The Trump Administration has released a new Blueprint for Testing Plans and Rapid Response Programs intended to help states implement testing programs laid out in the Opening Up America Again Guidelines. The blueprint describes general responsibilities of Federal, State, local, and tribal governments, in addition to the private sector and...

NIAID Strategic Plan to Combat COVID-19

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a new strategy outlining the institute’s plan for accelerating research to diagnose, prevent and treat COVID-19. As part of its mission, NIAID seeks to develop “safe and effective medical countermeasures that decrease...

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Disinfodemic: Sources and Targets of COVID-19 Disinformation

As the spread of COVID-19 continues to dominate global news sources, it is becoming clear that a parallel pandemic of mis- and disinformation has begun to erode public understanding of the crisis. In addressing this growing threat, the World Health Organization (WHO) described the disinformation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic as...

Roadmap to Recovery: A Public Health Guide for Governors

National Governors’ Association has released Roadmap to Recovery: A Public Health Guide for Governors to help states navigate reopening in a way that maximizes the public’s health and well-being. The roadmap expands upon the recently released White House guidance “Guidelines for Opening Up America Again”, incorporating key considerations for governors...