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Future of Privacy Scholarship

Scholarship Sponsored by ExpressVPN

Scholarship Value: $5,000
Awards Available: 1
Award Deadline: Aug 31, 2019

The ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship was created to raise awareness of internet privacy and security.

The internet is transforming our education system. The technologies used by schools across the world are not fully secure or private, and schools themselves have implemented their own surveillance systems to track what their students do online.

As internet-ready devices proliferate in classrooms worldwide, so do threats to the privacy of the individuals who use them. Awareness of online security and an understanding of fundamental privacy rights are more important than ever.

How to enter

Revelations over the past year have stoked concern over the power that technology companies wield globally. With net neutrality repealed in the United States, the General Data Protection Regulation taking force in Europe, and governments demanding backdoors into personal devices, one thing is certain: The battle over who controls the technology we use is far from over.

This year's essay topic:

Technology companies can self-regulate to provide optimal privacy to internet users. The free market will choose the winners to be those companies that best protect their users, without the need for government interference. Do you agree or disagree?


A) Essays must be written in English.

B) Applicants must be currently enrolled in either a high school, undergraduate school, or graduate school located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa.

C) There is no age or citizenship requirement.

D) One entry per student. Multiple entries per student will be disregarded.

E) Essays must be submitted online by August 31, 2019, no later than 11:59 p.m., Pacific Standard Time.

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