Category: Homeland Security News

MisinformationPopularity of COVID-19 Conspiracies Linked to Vaccine Hesitancy Published 15 October 2020 A new study of beliefs and attitudes toward COVID-19 in five different countries – UK, US, Ireland, Mexico and Spain – has identified how much traction some prominent conspiracy theories have within these populations. Moreover, the study finds that people who rate coronavirus

MisinformationTrust in COVID Info Sources Varies by Demographics, Beliefs By Mary Van Beusekom Published 15 October 2020 People seek COVID-19 information from different sources based on sex, age, education level, political bent, and beliefs about the pandemic, according to a study published last week in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. Led by researchers at New

Truth decayThe State of the Science of Combating Misinformation Published 15 October 2020 With the current flood of misinformation and “fake news” undermining democracies around the world, a consensus document that summarizes the science of debunking has been published by a team of 22 prominent researchers of misinformation and its debunking. Well-informed political deliberation cannot occur

Internet freedomGlobal Internet Freedom Declines in Shadow of Pandemic Published 15 October 2020 Governments around the world have used the COVID-19 pandemic as cover to expand online surveillance and data collection, censor critical speech, and build new technological systems of social control, according to an annual assessment of internet freedom, released Wednesday by Freedom House. Governments

PolicingBlack Police Officers Disciplined Disproportionately for Misconduct: Study Published 15 October 2020 An examination of racial differences in the disciplining of police officers in three of the largest U.S. cities consistently found that Black officers were more frequently disciplined for misconduct than white officers, despite an essentially equal number of allegations being leveled. This included

InfrastructureClimate Change Undermines Safety of Europe’s Buildings, Infrastructure Published 15 October 2020 Buildings and infrastructure also need to adapt to the changing climate. Updating structural design standards is crucial to improving European climate resilience and ensuring the safety of constructions, that are expected to suffer from changes in atmospheric variables and more frequent and intense

Our picksDouble-Edged Election Security Tech | Vehicular-Based Terror Attacks | How Trump Grid Orders Ran Aground, and more Published 15 October 2020 ·  The Chinese MSS Is Attacking Us with Our Own Tools ·  Secret Tapes Show Neo-Nazi Group “The Base” Recruiting former Members of the Military ·  Neo-Nazi Leaders of Greece’s Golden Dawn Sentenced to 13 Years

Truth decayThe State of the Science of Combating Misinformation Published 15 October 2020 With the current flood of misinformation and “fake news” undermining democracies around the world, a consensus document that summarizes the science of debunking has been published by a team of 22 prominent researchers of misinformation and its debunking. Well-informed political deliberation cannot occur