“Democracy” is defined as “government by the people.” So, if you’re going to create a government by the people, you need to know who “the people” really are. That’s why Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that the federal government conduct an “enumeration” of the people every ten years. There have been 22 official censuses of the United States since the constitution was ratified in 1789, and with each year, the sophistication of the questions and methods used has grown. In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will for the the first time, use electronic forms instead of paper. Given the high political, policy and budgetary stakes associated with the question “who lives where,” and the vulnerability of internet communications, so grows the motivation and opportunity for someone to try to hack the census. Kriston Capps, staff writer for CityLab, joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing on August 8, 2018.
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