There is no function of government more central to democracy than the Census - from apportioning seats for public office to federal funding formulas and data for social scientists. The 2020 Census will be the first on-line Census. It is grossly underfunded and the federal administration in Washington has raised significant concerns for immigrants, legal residents and other vulnerable people. The New School’s Digital Equity Laboratory has been working on a project to support greater collaborative work between libraries, community leaders and city governments in the New York region to support a fair and safe Census.
Maya Wiley is the Senior Vice President for Social Justice at The New School, Henry Cohen Professor of Public and Urban Policy at Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment, and the co-founder and co-director of The New School’s Digital Equity Laboratory