Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Overview of Global Terrorism in 2019

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland released the latest Global Terrorism Overview: Terrorism in 2019 report in July.    According to the report, 2019 which saw nearly 8,500 attacks that killed more than 20,300 people, was the 5th consecutive year of declining global terrorism, since the peak in...

Public Safety, Integrity, and Preparedness: Attitudes on Voting in 2020

In an effort to explore how the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis will impact the 2020 presidential elections RAND Corporation has released a new report Attitudes on Voting in 2020: Preparing for Elections During a Pandemic.   The report is based on analysis of nearly 2,400 survey participants who shared their expectations for public...

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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...

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COVID-19: U.S. Response and Public Health Laws

Public Health Law Watch, an initiative of the George Consortium, has released an in-depth evaluation of public health law in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic titled Assessing Legal Responses to COVID-19 in which 50 top national experts offer their assessment of the U.S. policy response to the crisis. The experts question...

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Fighting Coronavirus Mis/Disinformation Online

The Center for American Progress (CAP) issued a report on online disinformation and misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic. Titled “Fighting Coronavirus Misinformation and Disinformation: Preventive Product Recommendations for Social Media Platforms,” the report examines the emerging threat of false or misleading online information to public health. Furthermore, as argued by...

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Police Officer Safety Training: A National Survey

The National Police Foundation released a new report, National Survey on Officer Safety Training: Findings and Implications, drawing from the Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Initiative created by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The primary goal of the Initiative is to “increase...

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Final Report on Russian Interference in 2016 Elections

The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the fifth and final report, Counterintelligence Threats and Vulnerabilities, on the Committee’s bipartisan investigation of Russian 2016 election interference. The new volume focuses on the counterintelligence threat posed by the Russian influence operation preceding the 2016 election. In particular, the report...

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US Conference of Mayors on Police Reform

In response to public outcry for police reform, The United States Conference of Mayors‘ has released their Report on Police Reform and Racial Justice. As local representatives, U.S. mayors are held accountable for what happens in their communities. This includes acknowledging failures of current policing systems in order to better...

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Rise of Pro-Chinese Inauthentic Networks

Graphika released a new report highlighting the emerging threat of pro-Chinese inauthentic networks. According to the report, a pro-Chinese political spam network, named Spamouflage Dragon for using spam as camouflage, started conducting disinformation operations on various social media platforms. The rise in English-language videos attacking American policy and the administration...

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In Focus: COVID Conspiracies

New In Focus now available on COVID Conspiracies. A collection of reports focused on the COVID-19-related conspiracy theory beliefs and the implications and negative consequences they can have on recovery. According to the Conspiracy Theory Handbook, conspiracy theories “tend to persist for a long time even when there is no decisive...