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The ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship

Find out the topic of this year’s essay competition and how you can enter to win a cash prize.

The Future of Privacy Scholarship is no longer accepting entries. Stay tuned for an announcement about the winner in October.

The 2020 ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship - Call for Entries
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A contest to raise online security awareness

As internet-ready devices proliferate in all facets of our lives, so do threats to the privacy of the individuals who use them. With the new decade bringing evermore invasive technologies into schools and onto students’ devices, awareness of online security issues and fundamental privacy rights are more important than ever.

That’s why we created the ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship. Through an annual essay competition, students delve into urgent issues of the digital age, with the chance to win cash prizes.

How to enter: This year’s essay topic

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

The 2020 ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship prompt is:

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?

Your essay should be 600 to 800 words long. Submit your application by August 31, 2020.

Contest rules

  1. Essays must be written in English.

  2. 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.

  3. There is no age or citizenship requirement.

  4. Essays must be sent via email only, to this address: scholarship@expressvpn.com

    To be valid, the application email must include the following information:

    • Your name

    • The name, address, and contact details of your school

    • Your current grade level

  5. One entry per student. Multiple entries per student will be disregarded.

  6. Essays must be submitted online by August 31, 2020, no later than 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time (U.S.).

  7. The winner will be announced by the end of October 2020. The prize will be awarded by international wire transfer. The winner will be required to provide his/her bank information in order to complete the bank transfer.

  8. The winner must submit a valid ID and proof of enrollment in 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.

  9. Employees of ExpressVPN and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest.

  10. All entries become the property of ExpressVPN. The contest winner agrees to allow ExpressVPN to publish or print his/her name and essay.

  11. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state, or local taxes.

  12. The prize is listed and paid in United States dollars (USD).

  13. The decision of ExpressVPN in respect of any dispute arising out of this program shall be final.

Awards and selection process

Scholarship award amount

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

ExpressVPN also selects five runners-up, who will receive a one-year ExpressVPN 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.

Why you should enter

  • You could win US$5,000.

  • The winner will be featured on multiple communications platforms. This is a great resume-builder for a career in journalism, law, computer science, or any relevant field of study.

  • This is an opportunity to become a leading voice in the growing debate over encryption, digital rights, internet privacy, and the fight against censorship.

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About ExpressVPN

One of the world’s largest providers of VPN services, ExpressVPN enables users to protect their privacy and security online with just a few clicks. The company’s award-winning apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, routers, and browsers secure user information and identities with best-in-class encryption and leak-proofing.

With 3000+ servers across 94 countries, ExpressVPN provides a fast connection and uncensored access to sites and services across the globe. The company is based in the British Virgin Islands and has been operating since 2009.

A vocal advocate for internet freedom and privacy, ExpressVPN is a proud financial supporter of non-profit organizations fighting to protect digital rights, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Internet Defense League, OpenMedia, and others.

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