Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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2018 Status of Global Religious Freedom

Congress’s 2018 Report on International Religious Freedom was released on June 21, 2019. The report, covering each country’s policies that violate religious beliefs, practices, denominations, and the United States’ role in promoting freedom of religion, is released annually and semi-annually by the U.S. Department of State and joins the repository...

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Violent Islamist Extremism in 2017

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change released a report titled Global Extremism Monitor: Violent Islamist Extremism in 2017. This monitor analyzed 27,092 incidents of violent Islamist extremism on a global level. The study states, “at least 84,023 people in 66 countries died during the year because of this problem.” Key...

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Cloud Smart: A New Computing Strategy

The United States office of Management and Budget released a new report titled Federal Cloud Computing Strategy. This report is the product of the Report to the President on Federal IT Modernization and Executive Order 13800, both released in 2017, and the effort to update the Government’s legacy Federal Cloud...

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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...