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The 2020 Census, Next Steps and a Heartfelt Thanks. Read More.

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2020 Census results will be protected using “differential privacy,” the new gold standard in data privacy protection. Come back to this page for updates, tools and other resources to help you understand the new methods as we move from  development through implementation.

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A History of Census Privacy Protections

Today’s law is clear: The Census Bureau must keep responses completely confidential.

See how the laws and protections have changed from 1790 to the 2020 Census—the first census to use advanced disclosure protections based on the new data science known as “differential privacy.”

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Presentations and Publications

pdf   2020-06-01: Metrics Update   [<1.0 MB]
(Presented at the CNSTAT Expert Meeting on Disclosure Avoidance)
pdf   2020-06-01: Disclosure Avoidance System Updates   [<1.0 MB]
(Presented at the CNSTAT Expert Meeting on Disclosure Avoidance)
pdf   2020-03-18: Updates and DAS Development Schedule   [<1.0 MB]
(Presented at the CNSTAT Expert Meeting on Disclosure Avoidance)
pdf   2020-03-18: 2020 Census Disclosure Avoidance Improvement Metrics   [<1.0 MB]
(Presented at the CNSTAT Expert Meeting on Disclosure Avoidance)
pdf   2020-03-05: Differential Privacy and the 2020 Census   [1.1 MB]
National Conference of State Legislatures Webinar
web   2019-12: 2010 Demonstration Data Products Workshop Presentations  
(Hosted by the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, December 11 - 12, 2019.)
pdf   2019-11-13: Title 13, Differential Privacy, and the 2020 Decennial Census   [<1.0 MB]
New Mexico State Data Center Meeting and Workshop
pdf   2018-12-06: Disclosure Avoidance for Block Level Data and Protection of Confidentiality in Public Tabulations   [1.8 MB]
(starting @3:15:55) (Chief Scientist John Abowd at the Census Scientific Advisory Committee)

Dr. John M. Abowd — The 2020 U.S. Census: Lessons in Data for Business

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