Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Countering Disinformation in the U.S.

The U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission has released Countering Disinformation in the United States, a report detailing the current information ecosystem in the United States. This report addressed two main concerns, foreign influences and public awareness. Foreign influencers, like Russia, China, and Iran, “conduct operations to spread both disinformation and misinformation...

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US Violent Extremist Mobilization Indicators, 2021

The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have put together this 2021 edition of US Violent Extremist Mobilization Indicators, a booklet to aid in the recognition of suspicious behavior consistent with US-based violent extremism. The indicators are organized into three...

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Moving the U.S. Government Toward Zero Trust Cybersecurity Principles

The White House’s Office of Management and Budget has recently released the Federal Strategy for Moving the U.S. Government Toward Zero Trust Cybersecurity Principles. Adopting a “zero trust” model means moving toward a cyber architecture where “no actor, system, network, or service operating outside or within the security perimeter is...

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Pandemic, Social Unrest, and Crime in U.S. Cities: 2021 Year-End Update

The Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) released an updated report on criminal activity throughout 2021. This report supplements previous CCJ reports, which can be accessed through the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL). In this year-end update, 27 American cities are examined for criminal activity involving violent crimes, property, and drug...

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Misogyny as a ‘Gateway Drug’ into Violent Extremism

“Assessing Misogyny as a ‘Gateway Drug’ into Violent Extremism,” by Maddie Cannon, addresses the role gender plays in violent-extremism. The author cites several research-based sources to draw a connection between misogyny and far-right extremism, using the term “gateway drug” as a metaphor for this process. Cannon first cites a report...

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2021 Arms Sales Risk Index

The Cato Institute has recently released their Arms Sales Risk Index for the year 2021. This tool is meant to help inform policymakers as to which nations the U.S. should and should not provide weapons. As stated in the report, “By measuring the factors linked to negative outcomes of arms...

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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...

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2021 Deadliest Year for Law Enforcement Officers

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) reports 2021 was the deadliest year for law enforcement officers on record. According to the recently released 2021 Law Enforcement Officers Fatalities Report, law enforcement line-of-duty deaths totaled 458 federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers in 2021. This is an...

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Global Risks Report 2022

The World Economic Forum has released Global Risks Report 2022. This 17th edition of the Global Risks Report identifies conflicting trajectories between countries and the risks they pose on individuals, governments, and businesses. COVID-19 continues into 2022 as a critical threat to public health and global economics- “Risks to economic...