On 7 December Atheist Alliance International (AAI) launched Atheist Census at www.atheistcensus.com, a global project to count and capture a snapshot of the world’s atheists. The response to Atheist Census was very positive, with 8,880 entries confirmed and another c. 2,300 pending before it was taken offline as a result of a DoS (denial of service) attack, about 17 hours after launch.
Atheist Census is now back online with a higher level of protection, and entries have already grown to over 20,000. The President of Atheist Alliance International, Carlos A. Diaz, said "It seems that there are people who do not want atheists to be counted, who do not want to accept that as more people question and think critically about religion atheists are a growing demographic. It is a measure of the project's success - even at this early stage - that some people wanted to shut it down." He added "While truth and fair public policy are not determined by popularity, demonstrating the significance of the non-religious community will assist our efforts to promote a secular world. I encourage all atheists to be counted in Atheist Census."
Participants in Atheist Census identify their preferred non-religious title, religious (if any) background, education level level, age, gender identity and country. Participation is free, with an option to make a financial donation to help cover development and operating costs.