A webcomic explainer on how the census deals with digital privacy

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Thanks for reposting this! I also did an earlier comics piece on the 2020 census in general, also published by Journalist’s Resource, that can be found here: https://journalistsresource.org/studies/government/2020-census-graphic-explainer-comics-journalism-guide/


For those of us in the Census data research field, DP is a terrible thing. Moreover, it will likely result in serious under- and overcounts in smaller places – like rural towns, for which a correct count is critical. Here’s a web app that illustrates this, and a good overview of the problems from a professional demographer in Va.

Did ours the old fashioned way: With the paper questionnaire.
I do not trust our government generally, this administration more so, not to load some sort of malware or tracking crap like Facebook and Google do.
FWIW, obvs.

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