Marilia Wyatt: A Farewell Letter to Readers

As a writer for CyberPrivacy since 2012, Marilia Wyatt is stepping down. Here she reflects on why she created the blog as a then student at Rutgers University—from the desire to improve her writing to educate individuals on privacy, cybersecurity, and technology issues.

By Marilia Wyatt, CyberPrivacy

Dear readers,

This is my last edition for CyberPrivacy—a blog with the mission to educate individuals on issues at the intersection of privacy, technology, cybersecurity, and society.

When I started this blog —it never occurred to me that I would have an opportunity to publish for The Wall Street Journal’s professional arm, WSJ Pro. But here it is, our research team has become part of the WSJ Newsroom. So, the Rules and Ethics Guidelines that govern our work require me to step down from CyberPrivacy.

It has been a joy sharing cybersecurity and privacy stories with readers, and rewarding reading your comments.

I treasured this blog as a safe space, born out of my curiosity and creativity to experiment with writing and learn. The goal was to drill down into a range of cybersecurity and privacy issues through a business and societal lens, helping readers understand them.

CyberPrivacy initially, however, focused on student privacy. Back in 2012, my analyses aimed to raise university administrators’ awareness of the crucial need to provide students a secure course platform to protect their academic freedom and freedom of speech.

Protecting student privacy is about reducing the potential fear of misusing their information. That fear could chill students’ freedom of speech and intellectual inquiry in college courses, resulting in the potential degradation of their self-development.

Different Path Emerges

I’m sailing to the next challenge. The rigor and ethics of The Wall Street Journal compel me to take on this new responsibility as a cyber risk analyst. The goal includes writing research, presenting, and helping individuals make agile and informed cybersecurity decisions. Doing so is at the heart of why I created CyberPrivacy.

Readers, keep up to speed on how technology is changing and impacting business and society. Doing so can help you ask critical questions on personal data governance, ethics, privacy, cybersecurity, and responsible use. Can you afford not to know?


Marilia Wyatt


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