Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Considerations for Reopening U.S. Schools and Daycare Programs

The Center for Health Security at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has released Filling in the Blanks: National Research Needs to Guide Decisions About Reopening Schools in the United States. This report details current research efforts, as well as gabs in data, that may prove crucial in making constructive decisions about...

Interim Guidance on Developing a COVID-19 Case Investigation & Contact Tracing Plan Released

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip the nation, the Department of Heath and Human Services has released Health Departments: Interim Guidance on Developing a COVID-19 Case Investigation & Contact Tracing Plan (the Plan). Its intended purpose is to assist state and local governments in developing case investigation and contact...

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TSA Releases Roadmap for Tackling Insider Threats

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released the Insider Threat Roadmap 2020 (Roadmap), which outlines TSA’s approach to to counter insider threats in the Transportation Systems Sector (TSS). An insider threat is defined as: an individual with authorized access to sensitive areas and/or information, will wittingly or unwittingly misuse or...

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COVID-19 Response by Prevalence

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University has released Pandemic Resilience: Getting it Done as part of the centers  COVID-19 Response Initiative. This report serves as a supplement to the Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience white paper and focuses on guiding state and local governments in implementing TTSI (testing, tracing, and...

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Assessing Risk for a Reopening Business Amidst COVID-19

As restrictions are gradually being lifted during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has released the Operational Toolkit for Businesses Considering Reopening or Expanding Operations in COVID-19. Businesses looking to resume operations can use this toolkit to assess and mitigate their risk of transmitting COVID-19....

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Deep Fake Dangers: More than Misinformation

In the April 2020 Australian Strategic Policy Institute policy brief, Weaponised Deep Fakes: National Security and Democracy, analysts Hannah Smith and Katherine Mansted demonstrate just how far deep fake technology has come, and how realistic and easily-created misinformation is, by opening with a foreword written by a deep learning algorithm. The...

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FBI Releases 2019 Statistics on Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted

The FBI has released Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted 2019, which provides statistics and data on the following: “Officers Feloniously Killed”; “Officers Accidentally Killed”; and “Federal Officers Killed and Assaulted.” Data on “Officers Assaulted” is expected to be added in the Fall of 2020. According to the reported data,...

Survey of American Risk Perceptions and Emotional Responses to COVID-19

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication have released a new report Americans’ Risk Perceptions and Emotional Responses to COVID-19 based on findings from a scientific national survey.  The survey of 3,933 adults reveals that most believe that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted daily life across America. The findings show that...

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In Focus: COVID-19: Reopening

New In Focus now available on COVID-19 Reopening. A collection of reports focused on guidance, recommendations, and action plans for reopening communities and businesses. There are still many variables to consider before fully opening up communities while continuing to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These reports offer roadmaps and...

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In Focus: Infodemic

New In Focus now available on Infodemic. A collection of reports focusing on the topic of infodemic, or the “over-abundance of information – some accurate and some not – that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it” (WHO). Infodemic can also lead...