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Immigration , asylum, Biden, Trump

ImmigrationJoe Biden to Pause Border Wall Construction, Issue Protections for DACA Recipients, Roll Back Other Trump Immigration Policies By Julián Aguilar Published 20 January 2021 On the same afternoon he’s sworn in as the nation’s 46th president, Joe Biden will take multiple executive actions that will undo several of former President Trump’s immigration policies, his

Iran, social media | Homeland Security Newswire

IranBiden to Inherit Trump’s Aggressive Iran Social Media Campaign By Michael Lipin Published 20 January 2021 The incoming Biden administration is inheriting from President Donald Trump an Iran-focused social media campaign that dramatically boosted U.S. engagement with Iranians by sharply criticizing their Islamist rulers, a strategy that President-elect Joe Biden appears set to change.  The incoming

Truth decay, disinformation, AI, social contagion

Democracy watchHow Can Corporate Leaders Do More to Defend Democracy? By David J. Scheffer Published 20 January 2021 In the wake of the assault on the U.S. Capitol, corporate leaders have taken a strong stand for democratic institutions. How does this fit into trends of corporate activism, and what comes next? President Donald J. Trump’s provocation

Truth decay, disinformation, AI, social contagion

Truth decayMost U.S. Social Studies Teachers Feel Unprepared to Teach Civic Learning, a Gap Contribute to Truth Decay Published 20 January 2021 Only one in five social studies teachers in U.S. public schools report feeling very well prepared to support students’ civic learning, saying they need additional aid with instructional materials, professional development, and training,

Social media, fake news, disinformation, Facebook

ARGUMENT: Anti-social mediaHow Social Media’s Obsession with Scale Supercharged Disinformation Published 20 January 2021 The 6 January siege on the U.S. Capitol building illustrates just how powerful a networked conspiracy can be when it’s amplified through social media. “The attack was the culmination of years of disinformation from President Trump, which ramped up after Biden

DNA testing at the border

DNACoercive Collection of DNA Is Unethical, Damaging to the Future of Medical Research Published 20 January 2021 The compulsory collection of DNA being undertaken in some parts of the world is not just unethical, but risks affecting people’s willingness to donate biological samples and thus contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge and the development

IoT, cybersecurity, security | Homeland Security Newswire

IoT securityThe Internet of Things Brings a Web of Promises and Perils to the Smart Grid By John Roach Published 20 January 2021 Scientists and engineers research energy and security issues, so they are well aware that Internet of Things (IoT) combined with technologies such as 5G telecommunications and artificial intelligence (AI) are ushering in

Just hours before Biden’s inauguration, the UAE and US come to a deal on F-35 sales

WASHINGTON —The United Arab Emirates on Jan. 20 signed off on a deal to purchase up to 50 F-35 joint strike fighter aircraft and 18 MQ-9 Reaper drones from the United States. According to Reuters, which broke the news, the agreement was one of the final acts of the Trump administration, occurring just an hour

Pentagon announces new acting CIO as Deasy departs

WASHINGTON — Former intelligence community IT chief John Sherman will fill in as acting Defense Department chief information officer during a high-profile review to root out any damage from a major government cybersecurity breach through a software supplier. Sherman, who served three years as intelligence community CIO, will replace DoD CIO Dana Deasy, who left

A More Violent Union | Extremism in the Military | Refocusing DHS, and more

Our picksA More Violent Union | Extremism in the Military | Refocusing DHS, and more Published 20 January 2021 ·  12 National Guard Members Removed from Inauguration Duties amid Extremist Threats ·  Biden Nominee Vows to Track Foreign Influence on Domestic Extremist Groups ·  Lloyd Austin, Biden’s Nominee to Lead Pentagon, Vows to Take on Extremism in

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