Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month: 2021 Toolkit

Was the Facebook and Instagram shutdown on October 4, 2021 just a ploy for Cybersecurity Awareness Month?  No, unfortunately, it wasn’t, but in an era of hacking, phishing, and data breaches, it certainly reminded us just how important cybersecurity resilience is. In honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Cybersecurity and...

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Blueprint Released for a National Strategic Computing Reserve

The National Science and Technology Council has released National Strategic Computing Reserve: A Blueprint, a report which details the need and possible approaches for implementing a computing reserve for emergency use. The COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic highlighted the need for such a reserve when research and development teams relied...

In Focus: Debt Limit

New In Focus now available on Debt Limit. A collection of resources focused on the United States’ impending reach of its debt limit. “Since 1960, Congress has acted 78 separate times to permanently raise, temporarily extend, or revise the definition of the debt limit” that has kept the government from defaulting...

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Debt Limit Impasse: U.S. Treasury’s Description of Extraordinary Measures

On August 2, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released a report describing the extraordinary measures being implemented “in order to prevent the United States from defaulting on its obligations as Congress deliberated on increasing the debt limit.”  The four measures discussed in detail are the following:  Suspending sales...

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Global Organized Crime Index 2021

The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) has released the first edition of their Global Organized Crime Index, a unique data-driven tool that assesses the levels of organized crime and resilience to organized criminal activity in all 193 United Nations member states. Each country is assigned a criminality score...

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Freedom on the Net 2021

Freedom House has recently released a new report, Freedom on the Net 2021: The Global Drive to Control Big Tech. As a part of their annual Freedom on the Net series, this report provides an overview of the latest developments in online freedom across the globe, and assesses and ranks...

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How to Fight Against Information Manipulation

After observing several attempts to undermine the integrity of election-related information for democracies around the world, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, and the Stanford Internet Observatory came together to create a document intended to help societies push back against information manipulation. This playbook, entitled Combating Information Manipulation:...

State of Obesity in the U.S.

Trust for America’s Heath (TFAH) has recently released State of Obesity 2021: Better Policies for a Healthier America, their latest in an annual series that reports overweight and obesity rates for U.S. adults by age, race/ethnicity and state of residence. The report also provides recommendations for obesity-related policies and programs...