Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Dissemination of fact-based COVID-19 information, misinformation and disinformation.

National Strategy Needed to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation and Disinformation

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security has released National Priorities to Combat Misinformation and Disinformation for COVID-19 and Future Public Health Threats: A Call for a National Strategy. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a dangerous influence of health-related misinformation and disinformation. The abundance of access-enabling technology such as social...

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World Happiness Report 2021

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network has released the World Happiness Report 2021.  While it is their ninth World Happiness Report, this piece is unlike any other due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world.  Using the Gallup World Poll as the foundation, this report examines...

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Assessing the Threat of Domestic Violent Extremism

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Justice released an unclassified joint threat assessment on the elevated threat of domestic violent extremists (DVE) this year. The report, Domestic Violent Extremism Poses Heightened Threat in 2021, states that a number of contributing factors...

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FBI Releases 2020 Internet Crime Report

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released their 2020 Internet Crime Report, which details a record number of 791,790 internet crime complaints that the department received in 2020.  The report explains that the “IC3 aggregates related complaints to build referrals, which are forwarded to local, state, federal, and...

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Foreign Interference During the 2020 U.S. Elections

The National Intelligence Council, through the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, recently declassified its assessment on the role of foreign actors in the 2020 U.S. elections. Using a collection of intelligence reporting, the assessment outlines five key judgments in Foreign Threats to the 2020 US Federal Elections: Key...

Center for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

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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Coronavirus Relief Fund for Counties Around the Nation: A Review

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020 included the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), which gave immediate financial assistance to state and other local governments.  The National Association of Counties (NACo) petitioned the National Academy of Public Administrators (NAPA) to conduct an independent review of...

Terrorism and Technology: The Role of Drones

The Association of the United States Army recently published The Role of Drones in Future Terrorist Attacks, which investigates the relationship between technological advancements and terrorism. More specifically, the paper focuses on how terrorists can use drones to benefit their cause by increasing the effectiveness of their operations. Drones have...

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Origins of Institutional Distrust and COVID Vaccine Disinformation

In their report, A Contagion of Institutional Distrust: Viral Disinformation of the COVID Vaccine and the Road to Reconciliation, the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), along with Rutgers University, delves into mapping out where disinformation originates and why there is distrust about the COVID-19 Vaccine and coinciding health policy mandates...