In 2020, for the first time, millions of U.S. residents can respond online to the census, hundreds of thousands of federal workers will use handheld devices to conduct the decennial count, and news about the census will travel through social media channels in real time. Our nation’s first “digital” census presents myriad opportunities for a truly participatory count, but a number of issues—some old and some new—may create obstacles toward a complete and accurate count.

The National League of Cities, with partners at the Beeck Center, have created “The 2020 Census: Digital Preparedness Playbook” to help local leaders prepare.

This playbook covers:

  • Digital preparedness
  • Misinformation and disinformation 
  • Digital divide and access
  • Data privacy and security