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The ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship


August 31, 2020

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

    As internet-ready devices proliferate in classrooms worldwide, so do threats to the privacy of the individuals who use them.

    Students are taking notice, and are quickly becoming the most savvy users of these technologies.

    With the new decade bringing with it evermore invasive technologies into schools and on students’ devices, awareness of online security and fundamental privacy rights are more important than ever.


    Enter by submitting a short essay exploring the prompt below:

    Essay prompt

    To enter the scholarship competition, write an essay answering the prompt below.

    While privacy is often recognized as a human right, young children are frequently incapable of making choices in defense of that right. For example, babies have no say in whether their parents post photos of them on Facebook.

    To what extent should parents be free to make privacy-affecting decisions on behalf of their children? What (if any) new measures do you think governments or internet businesses ought to put in place in order to protect young children’s right to privacy?

    Essay Length
    600-800 words

    Please submit your entry to scholarship@expressvpn.com by August 31, 2020, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time.

    (See Contest Rules for more details.)


    A chance to win a $5,000 cash prize.
    The winner will be featured on multiple communications platforms.
    This is a great resume-builder for a career in journalism or any relevant field of study.
    An opportunity to become a leading voice in the growing debate over encryption, digital rights, internet privacy, and the fight against censorship.


    Scholarship award amount

    The winner of the 2020 Scholarship will receive a $5,000 cash prize.

    ExpressVPN will also select five runner-ups to be rewarded each with a 12-month VPN subscription.

    Selection process

    Essays will be graded on the completeness and clarity of their theses and arguments. While we encourage writing with personality and style, please note that this is not a creative writing exercise. Responses must take a clear position on the prompt to be considered.

    The winning essay shall be determined using the following criteria:

    Level of creativity, originality, and detail of the submission
    Student’s ability to formulate an opinion
    Clear and articulate writing

    Please check https://www.expressvpn.com/expressvpn-scholarship for content rules.
  • Contact
  • Caroline Aguin
  • scholarship@expressvpn.com

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