Top policy experts and trade organizations today launched the new “Privacy for America” coalition, which will work with Congress to support enactment of groundbreaking comprehensive federal consumer data privacy and security legislation.

As promotional and outreach activities are ramping up across the nation ahead of the 2020 Census — from establishing local and state complete count committees, to diverse partners coming together to reduce the undercount of children and other hard to count populations — tthe U.S. Census Bureau announced its long-planned communications campaign platform: “Shape your future. START HERE.”

VMLY&R announced the 2020 Census Media Vendor Day for the 2020 U.S. Census Paid Media Campaign. The event is designed to be accessible for media outlets that cover a wide range of audiences, demographics, and channels, as well media outlets that are small businesses, and women- or minority-owned.

The U.S. Census Bureau released results from the 2020 Census Barriers, Attitudes and Motivators Study (CBAMS). The national survey and series of focus groups were designed to better understand the nation’s attitudes toward the 2020 Census, potential barriers that may inhibit participation, and possible motivators of responding.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations has contacted the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) legal counsel regarding an investigation into the media buying practices in our Industry.  The ANA has sent the following letter to its members.

Once every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes a gargantuan task, one that the founding fathers of the United States considered so important they mandated it as part of the Constitution. The decennial census exists to compile an accurate count of every person living in the U.S. and to record basic demographic data such as age, sex, and race. Its primary purpose is to serve as an underpinning for the country's representative democracy, making sure each community gets the right number of representatives in Congress and that public funds are equitably distributed.  By Michael J. McDermott

Lately, US lawmakers have been a little obsessed with big tech firms.

Recruiting enough workers to fill the hundreds of thousands of temporary positions needed to take the 2020 Census won’t be easy, given the current economic climate, but the Census Bureau is more than up to the challenge.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the Federal Commission on School Safety (FCSS) will meet this week to gain more insight into how entertainment, media, cyberbullying and social media may affect violence and student safety.

The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals that trust in the U.S. has suffered the largest-ever-recorded drop in the survey’s history among the general population. Trust among the general population fell nine points to 43, placing it in the lower quarter of the 28-market Trust Index. Trust among the informed public in the U.S. imploded, plunging 23 points to 45, making it now the lowest of the 28 markets surveyed, below Russia and South Africa.

The Culture Marketing Council (CMC) believes that the addition of the citizenship question will decrease census participation, causing the census to yield inaccurate results.

A new study conducted by Radius Global Market Research and MorphoTrust USA, part of OT-Morpho, shows the majority of the U.S. public is ready for the traditional plastic driver’s license to go mobile.

Influencer Marketing has become a central focus of marketing strategies and budgets for 2017. According to Bloomberg, an estimated $255 million is now spent on influencer marketing every month. With a buy in like that, what’s the ROI? EMarketer reported that advertisers earned an average of $6.85 for every $1 they spent on influencer marketing.

Currently, there are about 8.4 billion connected devices worldwide, up 31 percent from 2016 according to Gartner’s estimates. The consumer segment is the largest user base of these devices with 5.2 billion units being utilized in 2017. These devices represent 63 percent of the overall number of present applications. We can only expect these numbers to continue growing exponentially. These astonishing statistics show a radical shift in how consumers are receiving and transmitting data about themselves. However, with this technological advancement comes numerous privacy issues.

The News Media Alliance – representing almost 2,000 news organizations – called on Congress to allow publishers to negotiate collectively with dominant online platforms. The objective is to permit publishers to have concrete discussions with the two dominant distributors of online news content, Google and Facebook, on business model solutions to secure the long-term availability of local journalism produced by America’s newsrooms.

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