How the Census moved a nation to online by default
Happy census night. If you somehow missed it, tonight is the night the Australian Bureau of Statistics will conduct the largest statistical collection of information about Australians: The Census of Population and Housing. If you have not missed it, you will know the last week has been marked by ongoing technical difficulties, engaged ABS phone lines and information and privacy fears
The minister responsible for the census, Michael McCormack has argued that filling out a census form with personal details is no different to using social media.
"I note with some humour really that many people are going on Twitter and Facebook making various comments about the Bureau of Statistics, about the census, and about me as well, when in fact wherever they go, it tracks you, on your Facebook account, so I can't really see what the big deal is."Census 2016: What you need to know
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Memories of kommunist regime mentality came flooding back as I read this:Epilogue: Foreign hackers have deliberately and maliciously attacked the Australian Bureau of Statistics online census form, forcing the bureau to shut down the survey for hours as people attempted to fill in their survey forms. The head of the ABS David Kalisch says there were four separate cyber-attacks on the site yesterday but only the fourth one, which occurred after 7.30pm when more Australians logged in to complete their forms online, caused the bureau to close its system Census 2016 Malcolm Turnbull finds census easy as website crashes ...
But she learned quickly not to question Murray’s wisdom: “As a public servant you should never question an official government inquiry; that’s a bad thing to do.”
A new federated national digital identity framework is coming in 2017. It will accommodate smaller agencies and won’t be dominated by the big federal players, says the project’s leader.
National digital identity framework prototype only weeks away
It's "extraordinary" the ABS took ten hours to to notify the minister and PM of ongoing cyberattacks on the Census, says a former ACCC chair. Leaders always say they 'want bad news in advance'. Inadequate advice to PM contributed to Census embarrassment