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Social Media Crisis: New Report on Dwindling Global Internet Freedom

“What was once a liberating technology has become a conduit for surveillance and electoral manipulation.” Published by Freedom House, “Freedom on the Net 2019: The Crisis of Social Media” reveals that 2019 represents the ninth consecutive year in which global internet freedom has declined. The unregulated spaces of social media...

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Steve Russ and Sgt. Robert Chavez, both Colorado Army National Guardsmen with the 8th Civil Support Team, dispose of simulated hazardous material during a tornado scenario July 23, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo., as part of exercise Vigilant Guard Colorado. Vigilant Guard is a series of federally funded disaster-response drills conducted by National Guard units working with federal, state and local emergency management agencies and first responders. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Manzanares, U.S. Air National Guard/Released)

Free Online Training Available for Disaster Researchers

As a part of its ongoing CONVERGE series of free online training modules, The Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder recently released the CONVERGE Social Vulnerability and Disasters Training Module.  The CONVERGE series “advances social science, engineering, and interdisciplinary research and establishes and strengthens networks between disciplinary communities”....

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State Department Issues Country Reports on Terrorism

The Department of State released the annual report titled Country Reports on Terrorism (2018) covering countries and groups that meet the criteria under the Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2652f (the “Act”). Specifically, the report contains detailed information on country profiles and identifies state sponsors of terrorism....

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Lessons Learned in Disaster and Emergency Response

When a major disaster or emergency strikes, having an up-to-date emergency management plan in place is vital to helping emergency responders act quickly and effectively. In support of this goal, and its overarching strategic plan, this week the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the Fourth Edition of...

In Focus: Impeachment

New In Focus now available on Impeachment. A short collection of reports from the Congressional Research Service and other organizations providing overviews and history of the impeachment process in the US government. Please Note: An HSDL account may be required to view some resources.  

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FEMA: “Prepare for Zombie Apocalypse”

FEMA‘s disaster preparedness site,, has released an urgent PSA about an impending threat at the end of October. Experts and terrorism professionals confirm that the group (which has possible Greek and Haitian origins) plans to take advantage of a loophole in the space-time continuum, which will allow previously-deceased citizens...

The Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest near in California began on Aug. 17, 2013 and is under investigation. The fire has consumed approximately 149, 780 acres and is 15% contained. U.S. Forest Service photo.

California Fire Resources

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency due to the effects of unprecedented high-wind events which have resulted in fires and evacuations across the state. (News release)   Key National Resources  National Library of Medicine (NLM) Fires and Wildfires Information Guide    Content syndication—embed the content of this page on your own website, to...

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Overcoming Extremism in the Private and Public Sectors

The Anti-Defamation League has released the final report from the Communities Overcoming Extremism (COE) Public and Private Sector Summits. The After Charlottesville Project Final Report is a compilation of outcomes from the two conferences dealing with domestic terrorism and far-right extremism following the Charlottesville attack in 2017. Part 1, COE’s Public Sector Summit,...

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Assessing Global Health Security: Are We Ready for the Next Pandemic?

Infectious disease outbreaks spread without regard for national borders. The capacity of one country to prevent, prepare for, and respond to a public health emergency has direct implications — and potential consequences — for neighboring countries and the global community at large. That’s why leaders from the Nuclear Threat Initiative,...

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Information Disorder: The Growing Threat of Weaponized Narratives

In this 2019 Threatcasting Lab report, titled Information Disorder Machines: Weaponizing Narrative and the Future of the United States of America, author Brian David Johnson discusses insights and findings from a recent Threatcasting Lab workshop exploring future threats posed by information disorder machines (IDMs) and the implications for U.S. homeland...