The app didn’t work. Millions of us watched in growing frustration as we came to realize that the Iowa caucuses, the start of primary voting, would be derailed by a phone app glitch. It was infuriating that poor planning and shoddy software could upend a core part of our democratic process. But what few realized in those agonizing hours was that we were also watching what might be a preview of the possible pandemonium coming in just a couple months when the United States conducts its first online census. advertisement advertisement In these last months of preparation, community activists are scrambling to make the most of the decennial count, spending millions to reach every American they can. For elected officials, an undercount may mean fewer seats in Congress or state legislatures. For social service groups, it may mean fewer federal funds for everything from hospitals to food assistance. And for countless vulnerable communities, the census risks leaving them unseen, undercounted, and underserved. But in the arms race to improve census outreach, few have paid attention to a looming cybersecurity threat that exists because the census is going online. As in prior decades, the process will start at your mailbox, but… Read full this story
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