Express VPN Future of Privacy Scholarship

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 there 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.

Annual Amount

Scholarship award amount

The winner of the 2019 Scholarship will receive a $5,000 cash prize.

ExpressVPN will also select five runners-up to be rewarded with a 12-month VPN subscription.

Additional Selection Criteria

Selection process

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

Application Process

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 With net neutrality repealed in the United States, the General Data Protection Regulation taking force in Europe, and governments demanding backdoors into personal devices, one thing is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?

Your essay should be 600 to 800 words long and submitted to by August 31, 2019.


August 31, 2019


October 14, 2016

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