Boycotting the Census is a counter-productive move


2:00 pm - February 21st 2011

by Don Paskini    


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During March, people across the UK will be receiving forms for the Census. There are calls by groups such as No2ID and the Stop the War coalition for people to boycott the census, on grounds ranging from protest against state intrusion to concerns about the involvement of US arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

It’s perfectly reasonable for campaigners to use the fact that the Census is coming up to campaign on these issues.

But a boycott of the Census is the wrong way to go about this.

Everyone is required by law to fill in the Census, and can be fined if they don’t do so.

But much more importantly, the returns from the Census are a major part of how funding is distributed to fund local services. One London borough estimates that over the next ten years, they will lose £22,000 per person who does not complete the Census.

So a boycott will have a minimal effect on Lockheed Martin, who will get paid for their role in the Census regardless of how many people fill it in. But a boycott is an effective way of cutting local services in your area.

It fills me with horror that any leftie, or indeed anyone who thinks that government should allocate resources where they are needed, would even consider this.

Even without counter-productive boycotts, it is likely that returns from the Census will undercount the population in more deprived areas, where people live in overcrowded accommodation or are more transient.

If you want to protest against the database state or against war crimes, then don’t do so by punishing people in your area who rely on public services.

Write to your MP, donate the money which you’ve saved by not getting fined to a campaigning group, meet with others and develop new and creative campaigns.

But whatever campaigning approach you pick, make sure you fill in the Census and encourage everyone that you know to do so.

Sunny’s update: No2ID have clarified to us that they are not calling for a boycott of the Census. They say the data should be kept confidential then deleted.

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How about manipulating the census to misrepresent who you are – so that boroughs won’t be faced with cuts? Is that not a viable alternative?

NO2ID is NOT advocating a boycott of the census. We have called on the government to commit itself to keep census information fully confidential, and to destroy all the raw data when it has been statistically tabulated, so that it cannot be used for other purposes.

Neither have we raised any objection to it on the basis of Lockhead Martin’s invovlement.

What we have done is pointed out 10 lies that the government has made regarding the census. We have also claimed it is pointless, out of date and wasteful – and that’s just what the government says about it.

http://www.no2id.net/

>>It fills me with horror that any leftie, or indeed anyone who thinks that government should allocate resources where they are needed, would even consider this.

It fills me with horror to hand my personal data over to a company that carries out surveillance and data processing for the CIA and FBI.

Wait: If I don’t fill out the census, there is no record of my existence. So how can I be fined if I won’t be able to be found?

(On a more serious note, I tend to agree with you on this one.)

Don’t boycott the census or your famous descendents won’t be able to highlight your life while shedding a faux tear on “Who do you think you are 2120″

It fills me with horror to hand my personal data over to a company that carries out surveillance and data processing for the CIA and FBI.

I’m assuming you ain’t getting on no plane, then. Otherwise *duh*.

As #1 – if we all said we lived in deprived areas would they then get more funding?

Right, I’m a research who wants to use the census data. Here’s why, in an nutshell.

This is the single dataset that tells us the most about the state of the country. In my specific case, I’ll be using it, hopefully, to call Government to account on the links between education, class and deprivation. Because they have kindly funded a huge, country-wide study that is far too costly to do by anyone else.

Everyone who wants to boycott or sabotage the census should do so in full knowledge that they are also sabotaging the best – and in many cases, the only – tool we have for examining the effects of policy and social change on the country and so calling the Government to account.

For example, there is no other tool available to examine the effectiveness of our education system, in the round. All other datasets are samples, subject to the same potential issues as samples and so giving a partial picture at best.

Whole areas of social policy have to be examined through the only examination of the whole UK population that exists – the census – in order to get really good, informed data and to be able to make top-drawer evidence-based policy.

It is all the more important considering this Government’s agenda. Sabotage this census and, well done! You’ve sabotaged the best source of data on the effects of the Government’s policy available, and the best source of data to show when politicians mislead us on a whole range of things, from immigration to poverty to disability to religion.

Who benefits from that?

It’s the duty of everyone who gives a toss about evidence and democracy to fill the census in as fully and completely as possible, and then we can use it to show the Government exactly what’s going on in this country and show them – with graphs – when they are lying to us.

I think that’s quite important. And quite exciting.

Everyone is required by law to fill in the Census, and can be fined if they don’t do so.

And that element of compulsion is the reason why you should opt out.

The state does not own its citizens and has no automatic right to information about them. If people wish to give the information freely that is one thing but when it is demanded from them at the point of a gun……..

Don,

Are you advocating those of us who hang around here but have an anti-state view of life should therefore refuse to fill in the census to confound the state’s evil ways?

Slightly more seriously, is the only good reason for the census (other than the convenience of researchers and genealogical historians – both of whom can cope without…) the fact it allows government to accurately (if you accept a value of accurately that ignores population mobility for ten years) distribute funds? If so, wouldn’t it be a hell of a lot cheaper and easier just to allow local authorities to raise the funds themselves, since any group that needs central-government funding (low-paid, unemployed, students etc) will be registered as such (and yes, there is a role for government funding)?

“when it is demanded from them at the point of a gun……..”

And this is the kind of hysteria that gives libertarians a bad name. Do you honestly think that interviewers – being paid just above min wage – knocking on doors are carrying guns and have the legal right to shoot people who lie or refuse to complete it?

FFS all you have to do is lie on the form if you don’t want to give your information away.

“I’m assuming you ain’t getting on no plane, then. Otherwise *duh*.”

I don’t fly. The security theatre makes me too angry.

I don’t object to the census collecting the data. I object to paying warmongers to do it, and I strongly object to handing over my data to an ethically bankrupt company in the pay of the US government security services, no matter what safeguards they promise.

Planeshift,

FFS all you have to do is lie on the form if you don’t want to give your information away.

It’s a criminal offence to lie on the census return you know…

And ‘at the point of a gun’ is a libertarian commonplace to reflect a key point – that if we (as a body) do not want to do something, the government can only ultimately resort to force (juries will not convict etc). It reflects the underlying rationale behind any philosophy which sees the state as an entity which has the right to coerce its people. As expressed rather too vividly in Libya (which may also show the limits to this).

They already have all this information so why should I be coerced into giving it again?

@ Planeshift

And this is the kind of hysteria that gives libertarians a bad name. Do you honestly think that interviewers – being paid just above min wage – knocking on doors are carrying guns and have the legal right to shoot people who lie or refuse to complete it?

No, of course not but……….

Refuse to fill in census form? Fined. Refuse to pay fine? Sentenced for contempt of court. Refuse to go to jail?

Whilst you have opportunities to accede to the coercion along the way, you’ll find you will actually get to the actual point of a gun pretty quickly !!!!!

16. Chaise Guevara

@ 8 Pagar

“The state does not own its citizens and has no automatic right to information about them. If people wish to give the information freely that is one thing but when it is demanded from them at the point of a gun……..”

I think someone’s in need of a trip to the Total Perspective Vortex.

17. Chaise Guevara

@ 13 Celia

“They already have all this information so why should I be coerced into giving it again?”

I realise that filling in a form will no doubt be so harrowing as to permanently remove all the joy from your world. But the answer is: the information CHANGES. That’s why you don’t just do one survey and keep that data for ever. Also why we get to vote every 4/5 years instead of just once.

Lockheed Martin are carrying out our census?

More corporate welfare. The amounts of our taxes that are going straight into the pockets of the greedy global elites is quite astonishing. Banks, arms companies, quite frightening.

The owners of these corporations are giant corporate welfare queens living off the tax payer. The politicians are increasingly their own paid for puppet employees.

I think someone’s in need of a trip to the Total Perspective Vortex.

Once they’ve counted you they know you’re there.

You are a statistic.

OK, you’re only a virtual extrapolation from a bit of fairy cake but that won’t help you when they come for you……… :)

20. Chaise Guevara

@ 18 LOL. Seriously though, they know you’re there already. Unless you don’t vote and cheat on your council tax. And people involving you in statistics-making does not make you a statistic, nor in fact change you in any way.

i’m seeing arguements against boycotting the census based mainly on alocation of funds based on the census results.
ok lets take this concern seriously along with the concern of those calling for a boycott (and shame on groups like NO2ID and the green party for failing to make that call) logically i think we need to add a few ficticious people.

no wait that would be illegal. on the other hand my defense will be i thought my cat counted as a person (good chance one or more of next doors cats may be stopping over that night too)

If govt want us to believe that this once every ten year snap shot is important they going to have to put some work into it and as far as lockheed martin goes – i’ll do everything in my power to stop them getting any future contract.

22. Chaise Guevara

@ 21 steve

I understand your objection to Lockheed Martin’s involvement, but does it not seem obvious that getting a rough picture of the current make-up of British society could be incredibly useful? People are always complaining about the government being out of touch, so presumably it’s a good idea to allow them to get some data to work with.

Blimey, some lefties want to boycott the census? Are they quite mad?
The last group of people who talked about not having the upcoming census was, errrrm, the Conservative Party (or people within it – not sure if it was ever officially stated). “Too expensive”, apparently. It would suit the Tories just fine to massage the figures downwards, as the OP points out future local gov funding is pretty reliant on these figures. Don’t complain about cuts if your council is at first budgeting on shoddy figures thanks to a misguided boycott – by boycotting it you’re as responsible for cuts as the bastards in government.

(follow u to @23 here’s a source for the anti-census Tory position http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1222841/The-snoopers-census-2011-survey-ask-sex-birth-date-overnight-visitors.html (sorry for the Mail link))

@ Chaise

Seriously though, they know you’re there already. Unless you don’t vote and cheat on your council tax.

Impressive.

What else do you know about me?

Thanks, Don.

The essential thing about the census, a head count, is that information is being delivered anonymously. The tax man, the borders agency or other snoopers have no access to the information on your form which is stored privately; your data is then thrown into an aggregate pool for your district; the aggregated data is further analysed to prevent accidental disclosure (eg if you are a minority household in a small population district, you are zeroed from the data that is disclosed to the public).

As Don notes, census information will be used by central government to inform how block grants are delivered to local authorities. Like many folks, I would prefer that revenue was raised locally but we all know that grants are inevitable in the poorest districts. And we don’t know where people live unless we conduct a census; we can imply from shopping receipts, but we don’t know.

For some UK residents, there will be fear when somebody knocks on their door asking for personal data. I don’t think that StWC helps to reduce that fear. Legal immigrants need to be reassured that census is normal and non-discriminatory. Illegal immigrants deserve similar assurance: that census is a headcount rather than personal identification. (This should be one of those bus stop campaigns in multiple languages: “UK Government promises not to use census information against you.”)

Spook note: Whilst traditional policing bodies are denied access to census records, spooks have access to everything. That should not discourage anyone from filling a census form; if the spooks already know all, you have nothing to disclose.

It seems to be the non-completion of the cdnsus is something of a joke anyway. Let’s face it, they already have a mass of information about you – age, gender, date of birth, income, occupation, health information, pension details, criminal activity. Then there is the ‘unofficial data’ – the videos of you on demonstrations and pickets.

All you are doing if you complete the census is telling them what they already know – so does it really matter? I would suggest boycotting the census is not the best way you can support brothers and sisters who are being made redundant.

Let’s get real here – or have we all been reading too much of the Guardian and eating too much muesli?

28. Ken McKenzie

Want an example of a specific reason to fill in the census?

Student fees. You’ve probably heard about them recently.

What’s the average salary for a graduate? I can tell you something – you don’t know. *Nobody* knows.

The Labour Force Survey (usually) doesn’t ask for education level, and even when it does, does so at a very crude level, and it’s a sample, so subject to all issues of a relatively small sample worked up into a larger one. Likewise the ASHE.

The annual DLHE data from universities measures starting salaries (very well, as it happens), but graduates 5 years or 10 years or 15 years after graduation? Forget it.

A specific longitudinal graduate survey? Will cost millions a year. We know this because it’s been tried. The problem is we don’t know who is actually a graduate or where they live, so how do we collect the information we need to make sure that current and future university students get funded properly? The census.

So, if you don’t care about the sustainability of our higher education system, if you don’t care if the repayment programme for future graduates works or not, if you don’t care that we can’t properly estimate the value of a university education so nobody can make an informed choice, and if you don’t want anyone else able to either, sure, go ahead, boycott the census.

Once every ten years.

Oh, Lockheed Martin look after 60% of the world’s air traffic control. Do we boycott that as well. I get confused.

“It’s a criminal offence to lie on the census return you know…”

In the same way as downloading MP3s is. The chances of getting caught are extremely low. Was anyone prosecuted over the ‘jedi’ thing last time?

“Refuse to fill in census form? Fined. Refuse to pay fine? Sentenced for contempt of court. Refuse to go to jail?”

Out of interest, has anyone ever been jailed for refusing to fill a census form in?

The census doesn’t measure any levels of social deprivation or serve any real purpose… scroungers will say they have a disability, the basic data does not gater any data that serves to allocate resoruces in a meaningful way, even if they don’t; the religion question is fundamentally flawed,

Just ignore it or better still give your name as Mind your own business.

A complete waste of £500m

#31 “Just ignore it or better still give your name as Mind your own business.”

That sounds like a good idea, lol!

Seriously, all those people talking about fines, imprisonment, etc need to get real… aparently it’s ‘illegal’ to watch tv without a licence or you get fined or worse still sent to prison. So howcome I’m now in my 3rd year of boycotting the BBCTV licence, with the same old threatening letters coming through my letterbox??!

If you (stupidly) want fill in the census form then do so, if you don’t want to then don’t… whatever you do DON’T let fear make you do ANYTHING you don’t want to – simples!

33. Chaise Guevara

@ 32 Veganpanda

“So howcome I’m now in my 3rd year of boycotting the BBCTV licence, with the same old threatening letters coming through my letterbox??!”

Because you’re lucky. Word to the unwise: I know people who were busted over not paying the license fee. Probably best to start paying your way like the rest of us, eh?

@33 Chaise Guevara “Because you’re lucky. Word to the unwise: I know people who were busted over not paying the license fee. Probably best to start paying your way like the rest of us, eh?”

Like the rest of you zombies that are sucked in by the likes of the Daily Fail you mean!? I will NOT contribute to a corporation who bullies people (mainly the poor/vulnerable) to gain access to their homes, and that makes the extremely poor pay the SAME as the uber rich or else they go to prison… f**k that!! It’s no wonder that the disgusting gulf between the rich & poor grows ever bigger!

35. Chaise Guevara

@ 34

Oh, I see. Anyone who’s against tax evasion must be a Mail-reading zombie? You fail politics forever.

@ Planeshift

Out of interest, has anyone ever been jailed for refusing to fill a census form in?

Yes

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/1841092.stm

@35 “Oh, I see. Anyone who’s against tax evasion must be a Mail-reading zombie? You fail politics forever.”

You really are losing it aren’t you! You need to re-read my comment & come up with a sensible reply this time. Btw I certainly do ‘pay my way’, I’m not behind on any of my bills, including the electricity that runs the TV I bought with my own money… If the BBC are so determined to stop those who without their ridiculously outdated & unfair licence, why don’t they do suscription for those who have a licence? I don’t watch that crap anyway! Because they know that the numbers of people who won’t pay will only go up!

I protest with UK Uncut against tax dodgers thank you very much! I believe in fairness in all walks of life & I’ll continue to fight for it :)

The original campaign I did was to prevent lockheed getting the contract (again) in the first place, on the grounds that it was easily predictable groups like CAAT and STW would object and probably organise a boycott, reducing the accuracy and point of doing it.

I personally share the concerns of both the data security worriers and the arms trade campaigners, and also agree with the people saying an accurate count is of use in lots of ways. However, the point is we wouldn’t have had to argue amongst ourselves like this (or at least not as much, there’s always details to consider, like No2ID’s very valid comments on deleting the data once aggregated) if the census had just been kept in-house in the first place.

Also funny at the time was the ONS arguing that any relevant private database contractor would
inevitably also work for intelligence agencies. Like that made it fine.

You’ll also force future academics to add extra footnotes to their work on early 21st century Britain. Don’t do it! Think of the footnotes!

Seriously, it was hard enough to chug through Northern Rhodesian censuses, and that was for a recorded population in the low thousands. The poor bastards who have to use UK censuses are in enough strife as it is.

OT: A Scientology advert just appeared on this page! Could you have a word with your advertisers?

If people lied on the census to manipulate the result by exagerating their level of poverty, surely this would just direct funding away from areas where it’s really needed. That’s assuming of course that this even worked. I think officials would call bullsh*t very quickly if they were inundated with census responses from a leafy middle class suburb claiming dire poverty.
I live in a really crappy area which is full of drugs, crime, unemployment and general misery. Access to the various social projects targeted here is a lifeline for me and many others, and I would be really pissed if money from these services was diverted to middle class areas because people had lied on the census form. I imagine it will be hard for areas like mine to retain/gain the funding they deserve anyway because I can’t see many of my neighbours responding to or taking an interest in the census – for the same reasons areas like mine usually have low voter turnouts and high numbers of people not on the electoral register.

@pagar Well, the man who was jailed for refusing to fill in his census form seems like a very unpleasant fellow!!

43. Chaise Guevara

@ 37 Veganpanda

“You really are losing it aren’t you! You need to re-read my comment & come up with a sensible reply this time.”

LOL! This coming from someone who thinks taxpayer = Mail-reading zombie! Remove the sequoia forest in thine own eye, friend, before commenting on the mote in mine.

“Btw I certainly do ‘pay my way’, I’m not behind on any of my bills, including the electricity that runs the TV I bought with my own money…”

No, by your own admission you pay your way when it suits you, while refusing to do so when it doesn’t.

“If the BBC are so determined to stop those who without their ridiculously outdated & unfair licence, why don’t they do suscription for those who have a licence? I don’t watch that crap anyway! Because they know that the numbers of people who won’t pay will only go up! ”

Oh, I agree the license fee is regressive. It’s hard to argue otherwise. There are lots of things about the tax system (both how the money is collected and how it’s spent) that I object to, but I don’t use that as an excuse to sponge off everyone else.

“I protest with UK Uncut against tax dodgers thank you very much!”

Do you tell them that you’re a tax dodger when you do it? Or perhaps just wave a placard saying “I’m A Massive Hypocrite”?

Well, the man who was jailed for refusing to fill in his census form seems like a very unpleasant fellow!!

Oh well.

That makes it all right then!!!!!

“Seriously, it was hard enough to chug through Northern Rhodesian censuses.”

I really pity those who had to analyse data before SPSS. Can’t honestly see how you were able to do it.

46. Older Not Wiser

The census is outdated. The questions are intrusive but not insightful… they want to know the name of who I was sleeping with that night and where they live buy no data real data on key issues of crime and other factors in my neighbourhood.

Well Mind Your Own Business, I will fill in facts that are obvious, but not giving any personal details; its not needed and is being collected for insidious purposes. The new leigislation waives previous legislation keeping the census secret. The data is now available to the EU, police, tax and via the Patriot ACt the US government and FBI.

47. Chaise Guevara

@ 46 Older Not Wiser

“The census is outdated. The questions are intrusive but not insightful… they want to know the name of who I was sleeping with that night and where they live”

I don’t believe you.

“But no data real data on key issues of crime and other factors in my neighbourhood.”

And why, exactly, would you be expected to have hard data on crime rates? I don’t know the percentage crime rate in my area, and I imagine few people do. What would be the point of asking you about it?

A compelling argument against this perspective is put forward by Symon Hill (see https://stevehynd.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/to-boycott-the-census-or-not-to-boycott-the-census/). There are practicalities raised in this post, but this is different to issues of conscience!

Does the census come in a prepaid envelope addressed to Lockheed? If so there’s technically no reason why you couldn’t pay the price of a stamp and send your form in a proper stamp addressed envelope and send a paperweight to lockheed in the prepaid envelope leaving them to pick up the bill and voiding the money they’d get for the colation of data.

Also just a small point, I don’t think having a go at people who boycott the census is a good thing. You need to challenge authority in this manner occasionally. Is it correct to allow a government to commision Lockheed to take this survey? Would you like them to get repeat business in 10 years time?

Do the needy people in your local area outweigh the lives of others? And more importantly does not filling out the census really cost £22,000 over 10 years. They already know where you live. They already have most of the information they have asked you. I see it as more of a data cleansing and nosing excersize.

As for the claim that it is used to make decisions on policy at central government. I really don’t think it does and the benefits of confirmation of existing data? Incidentally, just under 1m census papers never made it to the sorting office in 2001. I’m kind of hoping more will go unsent this year. The main reason for this is I get the feeling that the results of the census are skewed to start with.

I think of those 900,000 uncounted census forms most probably sat on the disadvantaged side of the fence. I also don’t believe that anywhere near the number of people who objected to the census ever ended up in court over it.

It’s really not as black and white as most liberals are painting it

The author of this article, It fills me with horror that you would even call your brand of liberalism remotely near centre – never mind left of it.

Arms dealers are mass murderers. They often argue that ‘the weapons they sell are “not intended to cause harm in oppressive regimes”. I guess that means they are going to be used as art installations? Or maybe to replace parts for the household appliances? No…

Arms Dealers are war criminals. Along with our governments they have legitimised their exploitation and converted murder into money. Are we supposed to compromise because ‘we will not get our local quota of council funding’ from our government if we do not fill in the forms? This point of view is amoral. We risk bringing retaliation from a number of war-torn countries if we adopt this standpoint.

Arms Dealers are involved in espionage. Let us not forget that the sale of arms, while particularly lucrative, is increased ten-fold by ‘preemptive’ action and war mongering – based on ‘classified military information’. This is true of Lockheed Martin (who runs Guantanmo Bay) who also liase with over two dozen government agencies including the FBI and CIA.

This situation is a shocking mockery of any type of pretentious democracy we are supposed to have and we will reap murder in return from dealing with these murderers. Any persons dressing up this situation to be any different than it is has clearly missed the fundamental moral argument.

If funding is cut then that is tough. You are obviously a poodle pandering to the fascists.

Our government is becoming more and more like the Chinese government every year.

True democracy and freedom of speech do not exist. We live in bad times.


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    @chitranagarajan @donpaskini here- http://t.co/s6myq7j

  31. Chitra Nagarajan

    FYI @zohramoosa @inspirewithhope Why we shouldn't boycott the census, by @donpaskini, courtesy of @sunny_hundal: http://bit.ly/iemjYp

  32. Geoff de Burca

    @robmanuel they may be evil, but they get paid whether you fill it out or not. This is a v good reason not to boycott: http://goo.gl/27DzJ

  33. Alex Sbardella

    Attention morons who think boycotting the census will SMASH TEH SYSTEM!!!!: http://goo.gl/27DzJ.

  34. Should you boycott the 2011 Census? | realsociology

    [...] Liberal Conspiracy reminds us that Lockheed Martin gets paid anyway and that such a move is counter productive as it [...]

  35. sunny hundal

    @somerstowngreen they told me they're not boycotting. Reasons for filling it in here: http://ow.ly/4avbP

  36. sunny hundal

    @glinner Also, if someone asks you to boycott Census over Lockheed Martin, then this is a good response http://bit.ly/hliy7K

  37. Adam Bright

    @barsbyl I was very tempted to boycott it when I first found out but not so much anymore http://bit.ly/iemjYp

  38. SonOfDave

    RT @Bright_by_name: @barsbyl I was very tempted to boycott it when I first found out but not so much anymore http://bit.ly/iemjYp

  39. Kt Hoffen

    Just got the census It looks like a complete baw ache to fill in
    Boycotting is counter-productive? http://t.co/VUA1xDQ via @libcon

  40. john paterson

    RT @boocat_lola: Just got the census It looks like a complete baw ache to fill in
    Boycotting is counter-productive? http://t.co/VUA1xDQ

  41. Lockheed Martin and the census: to boycott or not to boycott? | The Census Campaign

    [...] especially when you can make that statement in other, less harmful, ways.  Here are some ideas from an online blogger: ‘write to your MP, donate the money which you’ve saved by not getting fined to a [...]

  42. Dr Neil Mulholland

    Boycotting the Census is a counter-productive move | Liberal Conspiracy http://icio.us/24Zj9t

  43. Rob whitaker

    .@mr_clark Why you shouldn't boycott the census: http://j.mp/fWIvr4 and how to do it without helping Lockeed Martin: http://j.mp/fuvjzk

  44. Elizabeth Layton

    RT @Robwithtwobs: .@mr_clark Why you shouldn't boycott the census: http://j.mp/fWIvr4 and how to do it without helping Lockeed Martin: h …





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