History will be made on April 1, 2020. For the first time, the United States Census will offer a full internet response option, in addition to traditional paper responses. The digitization of the census is meant to address the challenges of counting an increasingly large and diverse population, while also complying with strict cost constraints imposed by Congress. But as with most technological breakthroughs, there are plenty of risky implications.

Although a first for the U.S., other countries have hosted censuses online before. Most notably, the 2016 census in Australia involved the country being hit with a DDoS attack that brought down the system for 40 hours and caused a plethora of networking issues.

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