The State of Play

The State of Play

Hacking, Glitches, Disinformation: Why Experts Are Worried About the 2020 Census The government plans to deploy new technology Click HERE for The New York Times article By Chris Hamby July 3, 2019 In the run-up to the 2020 census, the government has embraced technology as never before, hoping to halt the ballooning cost of the decennial headcount. For the first time, households will have the option of responding online, and field workers going door to door will be equipped with smartphones to log the information they collect. To make it all work, the Census Bureau needed more computing power and digital storage space, so it turned to cloud technology provided by Amazon Web Services. What the bureau didn’t realize — until an audit last year — was that there was an unsecured door to sensitive data left open. Access credentials for an account with virtually unlimited privileges had been lost,

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