The 2020 Census will be conducted primarily online, creating additional obstacles to counting already under-counted populations. With this in mind, communities and organizations are preparing to support enumeration efforts by providing safe internet access points, answering questions from the community, and tracking incidents that arise.

The Digital Equity Laboratory is pleased to announce the release of our learning guide, Preparing for the First Digital Census, meant for anyone who intends to work with communities towards a complete count during Census 2020. Based on expert risk assessments and a series of pilot workshops across New York State, we have compiled a set of curriculum modules intended to equip organizations with the information and tools they need to play their part.  

Our goal is to provide both digital and public-facing tactics and techniques to reduce confusion, find the right path to participation for all, help prevent possible harms, and enable communities to better prepare against the uncertainties of a digital census. Our aim has been to address holistic safety concerns, not solely cybersecurity.

Complete manual: "Preparing for the First Digital Census"

Many thanks to our curriculum consultants Luce Lincoln, Kyla Massey, Slammer Musata, Hana Sun, and Norman Shamas for their expertise and hard work and to Valeria Mogilevich for the manual's design.

The Digital Equity Laboratory extends our appreciation to Meghan McDermott, Lauren Moore, Jeffrey Lambert, Maria Filippelli, Betsy Plum, the NY Counts 2020 Tech and Tools Committee and Steering Committee, the Library Complete Count Committee, and the Metropolitan New York Library Council for their support and partnership, and to Maya Wiley for her leadership and guidance.

Our gratitude also to the hosts of our seven pilot census workshops: Davis
Erin Anderson (Metropolitan New York Library Council); Grace Riario and
Dan Hulse (Ramapo Catskills Library System); Jeffrey Lambert and Tienya
Smith (Queens Public Library); Ron Kirsop and JJ Cotter (Pioneer Library
System); Samantha Alberts (Suffolk Cooperative Library System); Jesse
Montero and Amy Mikel (Brooklyn Public Library); and Marlaina Headley
(NYC Department of Parks and Recreation).

Finally, many thanks to The Open Society Foundations, The New York State Census Equity Fund and the New York Community Trust, The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and the Mozilla Foundation.


The Library Complete Count Committee  (LCCC) will be taking forward this curriculum as we collectively prepare for the 2020 Census. If you have any questions about trainings, we encourage you to reach out to Carolyn Glauda.