January 18, 2022

The New School’s Digital Equity Lab Releases a “Manual for Libraries, CBOs, and Community Advocates: Preparing for the First Digital Census”

From The Digital Equity Lab/The New School:

The 2020 Census will be conducted primarily online, creating additional obstacles to counting already under-counted populations. With this in mind, communities and organizations are preparing to support enumeration efforts by providing safe internet access points, answering questions from the community, and tracking incidents that arise.

The Digital Equity Laboratory is pleased to announce the release of our learning guide, Preparing for the First Digital Census, meant for anyone who intends to work with communities towards a complete count during Census 2020. Based on expert risk assessments and a series of pilot workshops across New York State, we have compiled a set of curriculum modules intended to equip organizations with the information and tools they need to play their part.

Our goal is to provide both digital and public-facing tactics and techniques to reduce confusion, find the right path to participation for all, help prevent possible harms, and enable communities to better prepare against the uncertainties of a digital census. Our aim has been to address holistic safety concerns, not solely cybersecurity.

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Direct to Full Text: “Preparing for the First Digital Census”
99 pages; PDF. 

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.