Media coverage of #CensusFail

The #CensusFail train wreck in reverse chronological order

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Panicked ABS top dogs declare census return ‘crisis’ Bernard Keane Crikey September 8
Glitches still, but census ‘on track’ Matthew Denholm The Australian September 1
MPs urge govt to dump Census non-completion fines Allie Coyne IT Wire September 1
Parliamentary Probe into Census Disaster Sam Varghese IT Wire September 1
Report of Census review expected this month Rohan Pearce Computer World September 1
Mack caused hack attack? Paul Barry MediaWatch August 15
ABS looks to rebuild trust Michael Brissenden ABC AM August 12
The Most Likely Explanation For #CensusFail Is The Simplest Eoin Blackwell Huffington Post August 10
Census 2016: the political game has changed and Coalition failed its first test Katherine Murphy ABC August 10
Australia’s Online Census Brought Down by Cyberattacks Rob Taylor & Rachel King Wall Street Journal August 10
‘No data compromised’: Census website not attacked or hacked, government claims Krystel Johnson & Catherine Healey Yahoo7 August 10
ABS chief earns $705,000 a year Fank Chung News.com August 10
Why weren’t Australians told Census website had shut down when government knew about it?  Matt Young  News.com August 10
Computer says no: Australian census shambles explanation depends on who you ask Ellie Hunt The Guardian August 10
Malcolm Turnbull defends handling of census as Privacy Commissioner investigates Michael Koziol The Age August 10
Census: ABS website not attacked or hacked, Michael McCormack says Stephanie Anderson ABC August 10
Census: ABS needs to get #CensusFail story straight to win back our trust Adam Turner ABC August 10
Census: Possible hack of private information cannot be ruled out, experts say ABC August 10
Census 2016: outage due to ‘overcautious’ response, not hacking, government says Paul Karp The Guardian August 10
The Census wasn’t hacked, but the ABS still has a problem Claire Reilly CNET August 10
INDEPENDENT INQUIRY NEEDED INTO #CENSUSFAIL Digital Rights Watch August 10
Govt claims census triumph: ‘we are a proud nation of 4 million people’ Charles Firth The Chaser August 10
Census meltdown just the latest Bureau of Statistics bungle Peter Martin The Age August 10
Census 2016 outage: Labor calls for Census Minister Michael McCormack to resign Kara Vickery & Shoba Rao Daily Telegraph August 10
Census hacked, website crashes for millions Rose Donahoe New Daily August 10
Census website attacked by hackers, ABS says Primrose Riordan AFR August 10
Census fail: ABS says hackers attacked website after nearly $500,000 was spent on load testing servers Daily Telegraph August 10
The Census Website Was Deliberately Hacked, Prompting Massive Crash Emily Brooks & Lara Pearce Huffington Post August 10
Census 2016: ABS says deliberate attacks were to blame for website crashing Helen Davidson The Guardian August 10
Census: Australian Bureau of Statistics says website attacked by overseas hackers ABC August 10
Census website crashes, despite ABS assurances 3AW August 10
Australians dialed up the snark for #CensusFail Athena Cao USA Today August 10
#CensusFail: Here’s what Australians were doing last night instead of the national survey ABC August 10
Census 2016: ABS website crashes in #censusfail ABC August 9
The funniest responses to the great Census bungle of 2016 News.com August 9
The Australian Census Website Is Down Campbell Simpson Lifehacker August 9
The great Australian census fail of 2016: website crashes under load Helen Davidson The Guardian August 9
Census 2016: Senators could be prosecuted over withholding details, ABS says Francis Keany & Alkira Reinfrank ABC August 9
More senators declare plans to snub controversial Census requirements Yahoo August 9
Census 2016: Error messages hinder completion of online census Georgina Mitchell The Age August 9
ABS Census Bot Fuels Fire of #censusfail Storm Walter Adamson Kinship Digital August 9
ABS dismisses senators’ census fears Belinda Merhab News.com August 9
CENSUS NIGHT: THE COST OF PRIVACY The Wire August 9
Australia’s census facing boycott over privacy worries Reuters August 9
RSL joins ranks of census opponents Crikey August 9
Census controversy shows ABS ‘needs to do better’, says Statistical Society Paul Karp The Guardian August 9
Statistical error Michael Lucy The Monthly August 9
#CensusFail: the ABS hasn’t convinced the public their privacy is protected David Glance The Conversation August 9
Keane: how the census went from snapshot to surveillance Bernard Keane Crikey August 9
2016 Census and the erosion of trust Ingrid Matthews Independent Australia August 9
Why the ABS won’t be able to protect our census data Hack for Privacy August 9
Census 2016: Labor urges all Australians to include their names Paul Karp The Guardian August 9
Census: ABS has upset the ‘delicate balance’ between anonymity and valuable data, says former Deputy Privacy Commissioner Fran Kelly RN Breakfast August 9
Tonight’s Australian census is starting to look like a train wreck Simon Thomson Business Insider August 9
Senators come to their census Crikey August 9
Fright night: Australia’s creepy census threatens privacy and our civil liberties Niki Widdowson QUT August 9
We Asked an Expert What Would Happen if Australia Got Together to Boycott the Census Katherine Gillespie Vice August 9
#CensusFail — Time for a National Information Policy Tim Watts Medium August 9
Census 2016: Christopher Pyne criticises politicians withholding details over privacy fears Stephanie Anderson ABC August 9
Trying to make sense of the census, but I’m still not convinced on privacy Jenna Price Canberra Times August 8
Australian Gov’t’s Stupid Census Plans Puts Privacy At Risk, May Destroy Their Own Census Mike Masnick IT Dirt August 8
Census privacy fears: Nick Xenophon to withhold name in push for ‘test case’ Gareth Hutchens The Guardian August 8
Jacqui Lambie on 18c and Census Patricia Karvelas RN Drive August 8
How controversial is the simple act of providing your name? David Lipson Lateline August 8
ABS On Census Charm Offensive As Privacy Concerns Ramp Up  Eoin Blackwell Huffington Post August 8
How To Keep Your Name Off The Census Without Getting Fined Spandas Lui Lifehacker August 8
South Australian senator Nick Xenophon dares ABS to come after him over 2016 Census Jackson Gothe-Snape Adelaide Now August 8
Census C*ck Up: From Hero To Zero In A Brief But Concerted Social Media Backlash Chris Graham New Matilda August 8
Census 2016: ABS bosses discussed secret plans to crossmatch private data Natasha Bita Daily Telegraph August 8
Trust and the Census – who (definitely) benefits? Ingrid Matthews imatthews.com August 7
IT analyst: Oz census data processed as plain text Richard Chirgwin The Register August 7
Fake census workers try to trick people into sharing their personal details Kathryn Powley & Rob Harris Daily Telegraph August 7
Expert gives government six months before it chases data Scott Sawyer Sunshine Coast Daily August 6
Too ‘sick’ for Census? Sorry, no excuse! Scott Sawyer Sunshine Daily August 6
DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE MY NAME ON MY CENSUS FORM? Carolyn Henckels Castan Centre August 6
Why I’m taking leave of my Census: a privacy expert’s reluctant boycott Anna Johnston Salinger Privacy August 6
Ask LH: Will I Really Be Fined For Not Completing The Australian Census? Chris Jager Lifehacker August 5
Same-sex parents organisation slams Australia’s online census for being non-inclusive Jerico Mandybur Mashable August 5
ThoughtWorks slams ABS for census data retention “risk” Daniel Palmer Delimiter August 5
Not Home On Census Night? The ABS Will Still Find You Chris Jager Lifehacker August 5
You share your life on Facebook… Ben Dechai BenDechai.com August 5
Everything You Need To Know About The Census Ben Fordham 2GB August 5
Online census to make a two month and seven minute difference Primrose Riordan AFR August 5
How has privacy been endangered by the Australian Census? Ian Woolf Diffusion Science (Audio) August 5
ABS quietly drops Census data security claim Stilgherrian ZDNet August 5
The census is too important to boycott, despite serious privacy concerns Tim Singleton Norton SMH August 5
2016 Census risks becoming a ‘debacle’ says Nick Xenophon Jarred Owens The Australian August 5
The racialised amnesia of #CensusFail Jordy Silverstein and Katherine Ellinghaus Overland Journal August 5
The Greens Say Fines For Not Providing Your Name In The Census Must Be Scrapped Rae Johnston Gizmodo August 5
What you risk when you boycott the census Michael Bradley Crikey August 5
Census boycott would hurt public policymaking across government Miriam Donald & David Donaldson The Mandarin August 5
ABS: trust us! Michael Bradley Crikey August 5
Is Bernard Keane going to jail for telling you to boycott the census? Michael Bradley Crikey August 5
Census boycott would hurt public policymaking across government Miriam Donald & David Donaldson The Mandarin August 5
Australians threaten to take leave of their census Jennifer Baker ARS Technica August 5
Warning that Census data could be unreliable Sam Varghese IT Wire August 4
Do you fill out your Census?: Girt by CNET podcast 81 Luke Lancaster CNET August 4
Decision to retain personally identifying information puts Australian census under threat Cory Doctorow Boing Boing August 4
Privacy Furore As Australians Prepare For Census Justin Warren Forbes August 4
Census print run slashed April Glover ProPrint August 4
OUR FAMILIES COUNT! RAINBOW FAMILIES SAY CENSUS NOT CEC Busby August 4
Open Letter to David Kalisch of the Australian Bureau of Statistics   Tom Sulston   ThoughtWorks August 4
ThoughtWorks urges ABS to reverse Census names policy   Allie Coyne   ITnews.com.au August 4
Census 2016: Your guide to privacy and completing the survey (or not) Claire Riley CNET August 4
Australians should be worried’: Concerns over Census privacy Yahoo7 News August 4
Scott Ludlam: the census should be delayed to restore trust and confidence Scott Ludlam The Guardian August 4
Hundreds referred for prosecution since 1990 for failure to complete census Paul Farrell & Nick Evershed The Guardian August 4
Government admits organisers of Census were not prepared for flood on enquries News.com.au August 4
Confusion and anger over the Census Pat McGrath ABC (Video) August 3
Australia’s top statistician David Kalisch says ABS is ‘ready’ for census 2016 Lucy Cormack SMH August 3
ABS tells Australian government there will be no Census data breaches in future Chris Duckett ZDNET August 3
David Kalisch ABS Chief Statistician discusses the Census Sabra Lane 730 Report ABC (Video) August 3
People Are Going Absolutely Nuts About The Census Mark di Stefano Buzzfeed August 2
#censusfail gathers momentum and the genetic link to depression Tom Tilley TripleJ August 2
Census should not collect names, everyone should have a number instead: Labor ZDNet August 2
Is this the most intrusive Census ever? Leith Huffadine Dailymail.co.uk August 2
#CensusFail: Why people are worried about the census ABC News August 2
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has made a hash of the census Richard Chirgwin The Register August 1
Securing the censusAre we doing enough on cybersecurity? Anthony Wong Australian Computer Society August 1
The 2016 census is a huge threat to your privacy — boycott it Bernard Keane Crikey August 1
Census 2016- the digital Australia Card Rosie Williams The Little Bird Network July 30
Australian Bureau of Statistics reports 14 data breaches since 2013 Paul Farrell The Guardian July 29
Here’s what the ABS doesn’t want you to know about the 2016 Census Rosie Williams The Little Bird Network July 28
Census stress to hit the elderly Editorial Herald Sun July 27
Privacy and the 2016 Census Bill McLennan Independent Australia July 26
Settlement Guide: how safe is your census data? Chien-Yu Wang SBS Radio July 25
Census 2016: Australians who don’t complete form over privacy concerns face fines Paul Farrell The Guardian July 25
Why you shouldn’t boycott the Census Patricia Karvelas Radio National July 25 (Audio)
What’s wrong with the 2016 Census and what can we do? Rosie Williams The Little Bird Network July 23
Census 2016: Privacy advocates say people’s names should not be retained Jessica Longbottom ABC July 22
Census: The ABS has been quietly holding on to our names for years Peter Martin The Age July 21
The Bureau of Statistics endangers the census by asking for names Peter Martin The Age July 20
Lost our Census: Why the biggest hit to privacy this year is all about you Claire Reilly CNET May 22
I don’t trust ABS with my personal data: ex-ABS staffer Noel Towell Canberra Times May 20
Census no longer anonymous Jackson Styles New Daily April 10
If you’re worried about privacy you should worry about the 2016 census Chris Berg The Drum March 15
Why you should boycott the census Bernard Keane Crikey March 30
2016 is census year! But you can stick your census in your ear you won’t get any data here First Dog on the Moon The Guardian March 30
Why you might want to become a Jedi Knight for this year’s Census Anna Johnston Salinger Privacy  March 17
Federal Government scaling back census is a “retrograde step” says demographer Chris Change News.com February 19
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