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Conservatives and the Census

Chris Hoofnagle, adjunct professor of information | April 5, 2010

Naftali Bendavid reports today in the Journal on a problem facing conservatives: how should they assure their supporters, many of whom are suspicious of government activity, to participate in the US Census? After all, the Census sounds suspiciously like something Tiberius would like. But Moses was a fan too. And now Karl Rove is pitching … Continue reading »

Unintentional Revelation of Sexuality

Chris Hoofnagle, adjunct professor of information | October 26, 2009

Under 13 USC § 9(a)(2), the Department of Commerce is prohibited from “mak[ing] any publication whereby the [Census] data furnished by any particular establishment or individual under this title can be identified”  Thus, the Census Bureau must protect the identities of those who participate in the enumeration. Modern techniques of “reidentification” are making compliance with … Continue reading »