Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Lost, Not Stolen: The 2020 Presidential Election

Eight prominent conservatives have formed an organization for the purpose of discrediting those that would believe the United States 2020 election was won under fraudulent conditions — Lost, Not Stolen. These authors put together a report by the same name: Lost, Not Stolen: The Conservative Case that Trump Lost and...

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Trends in Extremist use of 3D-Printed Guns

In The Future is Now: The Use of 3D-Printed Guns by Extremists and Terrorists, the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET) examines a rising trend in cases of extremists, terrorists, or paramilitaries making, or attempting to make, 3D-printed guns. According to the article, “while we have already seen their...

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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2021

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) have released Report on Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2021. This report is the 24th in a series of annual publications that covers a variety of crime and safety issues at elementary, secondary, and postsecondary...

Cybersecurity

Planning for Significant Cyber Incidents

Cyber incidents that pose a great threat to national security, foreign relations, and the U.S. economy are on the rise. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) asked the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC) to develop a how-to guide (not available to the general public) to address this issue...

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Streamlining Emergency Management

The U.S. emergency management system has met a number of increasingly difficult challenges in recent years, such as extended wildfire seasons, more intense storms, and of course an ongoing global pandemic. In fact, FEMA noted that “the number of annual disasters that [they] have managed has tripled in the past...

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DHS Releases Fusion Center Strategy for 2022-2026

Fusion centers are an important asset to national security as they unite several law enforcement agencies to collaborate on information sharing and threat analysis dissemination to State, Local, Tribal and Territorial (SLTT), federal, and private sector partners. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released their Fusion Center Engagement...

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Using Artificial Intelligence Against Online Harms

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a report to Congress warning about using artificial intelligence (AI) to combat online harms, which include fraud, impersonation scams, fake reviews and accounts, bots, media manipulation, illegal drug sales and other illegal activities, sexual exploitation, hate crimes, harassment and cyberstalking, and misinformation campaigns aimed...

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Recommendations for Building a National Public Health System

The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a National Public Health System issued a set of recommendations for Congress, the Biden-Harris administration, and states, localities, tribes, and territories to transform public health in the United States. The nonpartisan commission believed that the coronavirus pandemic exposed fundamental weaknesses of the U.S. approach to...

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Global Peace Index 2022

The Institute for Economics and Peace has released their 2022 Global Peace Index (GPI), which studies 163 countries for “the level of societal Safety and Security; the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict; and the degree of Militarisation” in order to provide an analysis of peace for each country. ...