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Oi, drag this creaking, 217-year-old UK census into the data-driven age

The UK's Office for National Statistics is under pressure. Every decade since 1801, it has carried out one of the world's most comprehensive statistical undertakings, the census. Now, it has until 2021 to prove it can do so without the massive surveys it still relies upon. The population survey, which was sent out to 25 …
Rebecca Hill, 27 Feb 2018

Commuters' phone data could be tracked to save megabucks on census

Mobile phone data could be used to gather information on people's workplaces for future censuses as the government tries to cut the cost of producing population statistics. The census is crucial for understanding the UK's population and has been run around every ten years since 1801. Residents are legally required to respond …
Rebecca Hill, 7 Nov 2017
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America's 2020 Census systems are a $15bn cyber-security tire fire

Analysis In 2020, America will run its once-a-decade national census, but the results may not reflect reality if hackers manage to have their way. On Tuesday, the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee heard that the 2020 census will be the first to make extensive use of electronic equipment. For example, census …
Iain Thomson, 1 Nov 2017
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UK Home Office slurps 1,500 schoolkids' records per month

Brit schools are sharing the census records of up to 1,500 pupils per month as part of an attempt by the Home Office to crack down on illegal immigrants. The agreement has been in place since June 2015 under a memorandum of understanding with the Department for Education (DfE). The information came to light after it was …
Kat Hall, 16 Dec 2016

In dire straits after #CensusFail, ABS to axe up to 150 staff

After the collapse of Australia's Census on August 9, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told radio shock-jock Alan Jones “Lots of people are trying to find out who to blame and what heads should roll” at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). And now we know that the first heads to roll will be rank and file staff, at least …
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IBM Australia again blames ISPs for #censusfail, is also 'unreservedly' sorry

IBM has tried to explain why trivially-small denial-of-service attacks took out the systems it provided for Australia's Census, causing a 40-hour outage. An Australian Senate Committee is investigating the collapse of the $AU10 million IBM-provided Census systems and networks in the face of attacks ranging from 210 Mbps to 3 …
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Australia's IBM-assisted Census fail burned AU$30 MEEELLION

Australia's AU$700k-per-year chief statistician has told a Senate estimates committee that the August 2016 Census crash lopped $30 million off the hoped-for $100 million savings to be had from taking the survey online. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) spent $10 million to have IBM conduct the online Census, but the …
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Australia wants law to ban de-anonymisation of anonymous data

Yet again, the Australian government has announced a proposal that could outlaw academic research. In the wake of the privacy concerns that surrounded Australia's 2016 Census, attorney-general George Brandis has said the government will make it illegal to de-anonymise data sets that have been de-identified. In the lead-up to …
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Census fail to get Oz Senate probe; NDIS fix promised this year

Australia's Senate has voted to establish a committee to look into the Australian Bureau of Statistics' August Census IT collapse. The news comes as the government promises to fix another slow-motion train wreck by the end of 2016 – the online portal for the country's National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Senate …
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#Censusfail Australia: Not an attack, data safe, no heads to roll

“This was not an attack, nor was it a hack”: that's the official government position on the collapse of last night's Australian online Census systems, attributed to a denial-of-service attack. The chief statistician David Kalisch, the small business minister Michael McCormack and the government's infosec spokesperson Alexander …
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Australia's privacy watchdog launches '#Censusfail' probe

Hard on the heels of endorsing the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS') process for the 2016 Census, Australia's privacy commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has had second thoughts and launched an investigation into its failure. The investigation comes as a result of the collapse of the ABS's Census sites during August 9, and the …
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Australia's online Census collapses, international hackers blamed

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) says the problems that emerged with its online services yesterday were caused by international denial-of-service attacks. The ABS has been facing criticism since early on August 9, because of the repeated failure of its IBM SoftLayer-hosted online census. IBM has been putting the …

Australian national census fails in the IBM cloud

UPDATE Australia is today conducting a contentious national census, and things aren't going smoothly. The nation's Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has hired IBM to run the online data collection portal and at the time of writing The Register's antipodean outpost, and plenty of others, are finding it impossible to reach the site. Your …

Defuse census outrage with independent oversight of data-handling

The ongoing argument over the 2016 Australian Census highlights a broader problem, argues opposition MP Tim Watts: the lack of any kind of national information policy. In this post at Medium, Watts notes that the information reform agenda was announced by the party during 2015, and would comprise a systematic scan of “ …
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IT analyst: Oz census data processed as plain text

An Australian IT consultant has cast doubt about whether the country's Census is as secure as the Australian Bureau of Statistics thinks it is. The technical infrastructure for the Census is being delivered by IBM using its SoftLayer cloud in Australia. While the online Census completion process uses transport layer security …
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Oz stats bureau deploys a bot to harvest Twitter IDs

Having managed to creep-out an awful lot of Australia with its high-handed, arrogant, tone-deaf handling of the 2016 Census, there wasn't much left for the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) left to foul up, right? Wrong. Now the ABS has created a Twitter bot that sucks up IDs of those who mention its @ABSCensus handle and …
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The Australian Bureau of Statistics has made a hash of the census

Bootnoted The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has so badly mishandled the question of retaining names that its senior leadership need to consider their futures. The ABS is – sorry, was – probably one of Australia's most trusted bureaucracies, alongside the Bureau of Meteorology, the Australian Electoral Commission, and Geosciences …
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Australian government may take leave of its census

Updated Australia's government is considering radically restructuring its national census. The exercise, which cost $AU440 million in 2011, is under the microscope as the government assembles its 2015 budget. Fairfax reports that the census could be delayed or replaced with a smaller survey. The Australian is less certain of the …

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