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National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Releases Final Report

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) recently released their Final Report which finds the U.S. government is not adequately prepared “to defend the United States in the coming AI era” and needs to “invest substantially more resources in AI innovation to protect its security, promote its prosperity, and...

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Countering QAnon: Understanding the Role of Human Trafficking in the Disinformation-Extremist Nexus

In the aftermath of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, it was found that many of the rioters were supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory movement. QAnon’s main premise is that prominent members of the Democratic Party and Hollywood elite comprise a transnational ring of Satan-worshiping pedophiles engaging...

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“This is Our House!”: A Preliminary Assessment of the Capitol Hill Participants

In a report released by The Program on Extremism at George Washington University, a team of researchers aimed to analyze the more than 250 individuals who were charged in actively participating in the January 6th storming of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.  They gathered information from court records and...

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Cybercrime: The Business of Fraud

Cybercrime has become an increasingly prevalent threat in today’s society. As more people around the world turn to online shopping, remote work, online dating, and banking, cybercriminals continue to gain the necessary knowledge to create a lucrative enterprise. In The Business of Fraud: An Overview of How Cybercrime Gets Monetized, ...

FEMA Community Vaccination Centers Playbook Update

As of February 2021, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has claimed over 500,000 American lives.  While mitigation efforts such as social distancing and masks are effective preventative tools, the widespread administration of COVID-19 vaccines remains critical in the battle against this pandemic. FEMA  recently released their updated  Vaccination Centers Playbook with...

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Weaponized: How Rumors About COVID-19’s Origins Led to a Narrative Arms Race

In a recently released report from the DFRLab of the Atlantic Council of the United States, researchers analyzed the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic and the disinformation being spread about the disease. Titled Weaponized: How Rumors About COVID-19’s Origins Led to a Narrative Arms Race, the study “focuses...

Rising Tide of Hate and Violence Against Asian Americans in New York During COVID-19

The Asian American Bar Association of New York and Paul, Weiss, Goldberg, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP have released a new report “A Rising Tide of Hate and Violence against Asian Americans in New York During COVID-19: Impact, Causes, Solutions”  which details an alarming uptick in anti-Asian violence associated with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.  ...

CDC Strategy for K-12 School Reopening

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  has released a new strategy CDC’s Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools Through Phased Mitigation for re-opening schools during the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. More detailed information from the relevant CDC webpage is also available here. The opening lines of the document underscore that...

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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...