The Census Bureau has established a âfusion centerâ to help track misinformation in social media platforms during the 2020 census, Federal News Network reported Thursday.
Enrique Lamas, the bureauâs chief operating officer, said the fusion center was formed under the leadership of Atri Kalluri, head of the decennial information technology division, in order to monitor âthings that are being said that need further clarification from the Census Bureau.â
The bureau has been collaborating with the Department of Homeland Security and intelligence community stakeholders to conduct social media monitoring, âred teamâ penetration testing and other cybersecurity initiatives to protect the decennial count from cyber attacks.
Census Bureau Director Stephen Dillingham said his agency is focused on training its workforce and continues hiring professionals with âspecial skill setsâ with a focus on data analytics and data science.
âThe introduction of data scientists at the Census Bureau creates the opportunity for new skills to explore and analyze data,â Dillingham said. âSo stay tuned as we continue to roll out a talented data science workforce and transform our core business practices.”