Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Bringing Americans Home

The New America Foundation released a new report titled “Bringing Americans Home: The First Non-Governmental Assessment of U.S. Hostage Policy and Family Engagement“. The premise of this study are interviews with 27 participants that are former American hostages, family members of current and former U.S. hostages, and others detained unlawfully...

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Escalating Costs of Climate Adaptation: Who Is Responsible?

The Center for Climate Integrity (CCI), a project of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, has published a study highlighting the costs of climate change in the United States. The resulting report emphasizes the responsibilities of industrial polluters that continuously contribute to the climate crisis. Specifically, CCI “supports litigation...

2019 Trafficking in Persons Report Released

The United States Department of State has released the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report. This paper is a guide for the pubic to see the full range of human trafficking. Although many governments, communities, and organizations help survivors of human trafficking. Some many have a narrow understanding of traffickers and...

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Advances in Machine Learning Set the Stage for Increasing Robotic Surveillance

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a report on the emerging shift toward robotic surveillance and analytics, the nature of this technology, and the privacy infringement potential that will accompany this change. This report, The Dawn of Robot Surveillance: AI, Video Analytics, and Privacy, first highlights the reasons why...

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“Fishwrap”: Watch Out for This Cyber Threat on Social Media

Recorded Future has published their latest research, titled “The Discovery of Fishwrap: A New Social Media Information Operation Methodology“. In the report, author Staffan Truvé discusses Recorded Future’s foray into the detection and analysis of influence operations, both by nation states and other actors. As established by RAND Corporation, influence...

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Stalkerware: A Growing Threat of Technology-Facilitated Violence

The Citizen Lab, based at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto, released a report highlighting the growing threat of technology-facilitated violence. In a two-part series, the watchdog group provides insights into some of the most concerning manifestations of privacy violations via intimate partner surveillance...

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2019 Global Peace Index Released

The Institute for Economics and Peace  has released the 2019 Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks the level of peacefulness for over 160 independent states and territories around the world. The study measures peacefulness “using three thematic domains: the level of Societal Safety and Security; the extent of Ongoing Domestic...

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Terrorist Assets Report for 2018 Released

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has released its Twenty-seventh Annual Report to the Congress on Assets in the United States Relating to Terrorist Countries and Organizations Engaged in International Terrorism for calendar year 2018. The United States implements economic sanctions against terrorist organizations and state sponsors...

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Islamic Extremism on Telegram

The George Washington University Program on Extremism just released Encrypted Extremism: Inside the English-Speaking Islamic State Ecosystem on Telegram, a study into the usage of the Telegram messaging software by Islamic State (IS) sympathizers. Telegram is a multimedia messaging application that is accessible by smartphones, tablets, and computers. Telegram users...