Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Police Officer Safety Training: A National Survey

The National Police Foundation released a new report, National Survey on Officer Safety Training: Findings and Implications, drawing from the Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement and Ensuring Officer Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Initiative created by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The primary goal of the Initiative is to “increase...

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Final Report on Russian Interference in 2016 Elections

The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the fifth and final report, Counterintelligence Threats and Vulnerabilities, on the Committee’s bipartisan investigation of Russian 2016 election interference. The new volume focuses on the counterintelligence threat posed by the Russian influence operation preceding the 2016 election. In particular, the report...

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US Conference of Mayors on Police Reform

In response to public outcry for police reform, The United States Conference of Mayors‘ has released their Report on Police Reform and Racial Justice. As local representatives, U.S. mayors are held accountable for what happens in their communities. This includes acknowledging failures of current policing systems in order to better...

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Rise of Pro-Chinese Inauthentic Networks

Graphika released a new report highlighting the emerging threat of pro-Chinese inauthentic networks. According to the report, a pro-Chinese political spam network, named Spamouflage Dragon for using spam as camouflage, started conducting disinformation operations on various social media platforms. The rise in English-language videos attacking American policy and the administration...

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In Focus: COVID Conspiracies

New In Focus now available on COVID Conspiracies. A collection of reports focused on the COVID-19-related conspiracy theory beliefs and the implications and negative consequences they can have on recovery. According to the Conspiracy Theory Handbook, conspiracy theories “tend to persist for a long time even when there is no decisive...

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Conspiracy Theory Trends: QAnon

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue has released Genesis of a Conspiracy Theory: Key Trends in QAnon Activity Since 2017, a report analyzing the QAnon conspiracy, including a rise in activity amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to the report, this conspiracy theory “claims that an elite group of child-trafficking paedophiles have...

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Resetting the Approach to COVID-19

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip the United States and we see the number of cases rise, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has released The Way Forward on COVID-19: A Road Map to Reset the Nation’s Approach to the Pandemic. The AAMC is made up of 172...