Securing the Census Part One

Posted by Guest on July 11, 2019 in Blog
One threat that the Census Bureau faces is that if it publicly released data that was not sufficiently anonymized, attackers may identify individuals based on that data. These attacks may be largely broken into two categories: reconstruction and reidentification.
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Facebook and the Future of the Census Online

Posted by Guest on July 09, 2019 in Blog

Following the 2016 elections, Facebook has been the subject of scrutiny for its role in providing a platform to spread misinformation. In particular, Facebook has faced criticism for showing over 3,000 political ads purchased by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) to American citizens. From 2015 to 2017, IRA posts on Facebook were shared over 30 million times. Over the past year, a team of outside auditors drawn from civil rights organizations has been working with Facebook staff to evaluate Facebook’s policies on a number of civil rights issues, ranging from hate speech to voting rights, and...

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Phishing, Spoofing, and the 2020 Census

Posted by Guest on July 09, 2019 in Blog

Last time in our series on disinformation and interference in the 2020 census, we discussed disinformation and several varieties of inaccurate information that may appear (or reappear) in 2020. However, as we said in our second post in our series, the Census Bureau is anticipating multiple kinds of interference with the census, including phishing, which can be considered a form of disinformation.

Phishing is when an attacker pretends to be a known entity to trick targets into voluntarily giving up sensitive data....

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Misinformation and the Census

Posted by Guest on July 03, 2019 in Blog

In a previous blog post, we discussed several forms of malicious interference that could affect the 2020 census. The 2020 census is a massive undertaking that will directly impact representation in Congress and the distribution of over 800 billion in federal funds per year, affecting Medicaid, school, and children’s health care funding under CHIP (the State Children’s Health Insurance Program). It has a straightforward goal – count every person living in the United States – but completing this is a complex endeavor that is slated to cost approximately $15.6 billion.

The complexity of the task...

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AAI Celebrates Omission of Citizenship Question on Decennial Census

Posted on July 03, 2019 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

(202) 429-9210

twaggoner@aaiusa.org

July 3, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Following news reports that the Department of Commerce has initiated the printing of 2020 Census forms without the citizenship question, which was the subject of a decision by the Supreme Court last week, Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement: 

"This news marks a major victory for all advocates for a fair and accurate Census count and for our democracy. We are grateful for the oversight and accountability mechanisms our nation's systems afford us, which will permit us all to move forward with...

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AAI RESPONDS TO SUPREME COURT DECISION IN DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE V. NEW YORK

Posted on June 27, 2019 in Press Releases

June 27, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

(202)429-9210

twaggoner@aaiusa.org The case, Department of Commerce v. New York, required the Court to consider whether the Trump Administration violated the Constitution or federal administrative law in adding a citizenship question. In the case, the Trump Administration furthered various reasons for adding a citizenship question to the census, but the Supreme Court, like the lower federal courts, found these reasons to be merely pretextual. For these reasons, the Arab American Institute (AAI) filed an amicus brief in this case which argued that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to add a...

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An Introduction to Disinformation, Interference, and the 2020 Census

Posted by Guest on June 17, 2019 in Blog

In 2020, for the first time ever, the US Census will allow for online responses. This will be accompanied by an increase in official Census Bureau advertisements, particularly online, including social media. However, Census officials are anticipating targeted campaigns on social media designed to spread disinformation about the decennial census, which will compete with official advertisements for space on timelines and in respondents’ memory.

Ever since the 2016 election, the question of how to deal with disinformation – that is, maliciously spread false information – on social media has made headlines, and social media companies ranging from Facebook...

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Disinformation

Posted by Guest on June 14, 2019 in Blog
Disinformation is defined as false information that is spread with the intent for it to deceive or harm, often occurring alongside misinformation, which is false information spread with good intentions.
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AAI Statement on Hofeller memo, decennial census

Posted on May 30, 2019 in Press Releases
This morning, news of the Hofeller memo brought to light what AAI and other civil rights groups feared from the moment Secretary Ross announced the addition of the citizenship question to the census: that it was politically motivated to suppress the count of various hard to count communities across the country.
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AAI Reacts to Hofeller Memo

Posted by Suher Adi on May 30, 2019 in Blog
AAI remains committed to a fair and accurate census, to free and fair elections, and to supporting our democracy
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