Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Foreign Intelligence Threat: Increasing Awareness

The FBI and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) released a short film to increase awareness of foreign intelligence threats. Based on true events, the 30-minute movie, called “The Nevernight Connection,” depicts a fictional story of a former U.S. Intelligence Community official being targeted by a foreign intelligence service...

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UCR Reports U.S. Crime Down in 2019

Federal Bureau of Investigation‘s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) has compiled and published crime data in the United States in 2019. As the national repository for crime data collected by law enforcement, the UCR 2019 Crime in the United States (CIUS) is a comprehensive and comparative resource for crime data....

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COVID-19: A Potential Hazard to Democracy

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) maintains a collection of documents that address the negative effects a pandemic like COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019) can have on democracies. IFES has identified seven elements that are at risk of exploitation due to the global crisis: Chaotic elections and a decline in trust...

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan Under the Trump Administration

The U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services have released details on the Trump administration’s COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) vaccine distribution strategy. Specifically, two documents developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), From the Factory to the Frontlines: The Operation...

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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 with raw and analyzed public health data...

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DHS Releases Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence: Public Action Plan

In September 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence (CTTV Framework) outlining the Department’s approach to address increasing threats of targeted violence and terrorism. Now in September 2020, they have released the corresponding Public Action Plan which represents the public...

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Social Media Platforms’ Management of Criminal Evidence

The Human Rights Watch has recently released ‘Video Unavailable’: Social Media Platforms Remove Evidence of War Crimes, a report detailing how social media outlets go about removing violent or unacceptable content from their platforms and the impact it has on criminal investigations. Photographs and videos deemed to be in violation...

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New Recommendations for DHS

The Atlantic Council’s Scorcroft Center for Strategy and Security has released Future of DHS Project: Key Findings and Recommendations, a report designed to address issues within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. A key recommendation of the report is to have the DHS refocus its main mission to nonmilitary threats....

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TikTok and WeChat: Curating and Controlling Global Information Flow

TikTok and WeChat, two social media platforms run by Chinese companies, are using censorship and heavy content moderation to help further the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) agenda worldwide according to a new report released by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Titled TikTok and WeChat: Curating and Controlling Global Information Flow,...

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Analyzing a COVID-19 “Super-Spreader” Event in Sturgis, SD

The IZA Institute of Labor Economics has released The Contagion Externality of a Superspreading Event: The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], a discussion paper detailing the impacts of a possible COVID-19 “super-spreader” event. A “super-spreader” event occurs when “a single mass gathering has the potential to generate...