Census Bureau officials are working to safeguard the 2020 Census against obstruction as it moves to a digital form, according to a new report.
The Washington Post reports that both national governments and private companies are labor ahead of the census to try and protect it against interference and misinformation like what arose during the course of its 2016 election.
The census, which collects data on all Americans and is used to calculate a number of things such as federal funding and electoral elections, will be collected online for the first time.
The Post was pointed out that the Department of Homeland Security and companies like Microsoft, Google, and Facebook are trying to defend the census by encrypting incoming information, scanning responses, and monitoring social media.
” Just as with voting, completing the census is a powerful practise in our republic, and there are always people who want to prevent others from exerting their influence ,” Indivar Dutta-Gupta, the co-executive director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, told the newspaper.” I think there will be lots of endeavors. We should be concerned .”
There have not been indications of any targets for the census, according to the report. You can read all of the Washington Post report here.