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 student at Rutgers University—from the desire to improve her writing to fuel her passion for educating 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 as a researcher and writer—it never occurred to me that I would have an opportunity to publish for The Wall Street Journal Pro as a cyberrisk analyst. But here it is, our cybersecurity research team has recently became part of the WSJ Newsroom, and the Rules and Ethics Guidelines that govern our work require me to step down from CyberPrivacy.

It has been a real joy sharing cybersecurity and privacy stories with readers. And rewarding reading your comments and feedback and learning how my posts have improved your understanding of the issues and provided you insight into different areas.

This blog is a safe space, born out of my curiosity to improve my writing skills, experiment, and learn continuously. All this was intended to solve problems impacting humanity and address cybersecurity and privacy challenges that affect organizations and individuals.

CyberPrivacy Initially Focused on Student Privacy 

While CyberPrivacy morphed into drilling down into a range of technology issues both from a business lens and at the individual level—its focus during inception was on student privacy. Back in 2012, my analyses aimed to raise awareness to university administrators on the essential need to provide students a safe and secure course platform to protect their academic freedom and freedom of speech.

Protecting student privacy for me was about reducing the risk of how fear of ways in which our data and thoughts aggregated on course platforms could be used would potentially chill freedom of speech, intellectual inquiry, and degrade self-development during college.

Different Path Emerges

I’m sailing to the next challenge. The rigor and ethics of The Wall Street Journal compels me to take on this new responsibility as a cyberrisk analyst. The goal includes building data sets that give executives insights to make agile and informed decisions concerning cybersecurity and privacy, among others. Doing so is at the heart of why I created CyberPrivacy.

Readers, keep up to speed on the issues that matter, especially how technology is changing and impacting business and society. This will help you ask critical questions on personal data governance through a lens of data ethics, privacy, cybersecurity, and responsible use. Can you afford not to know?

Upward!

Marilia Wyatt

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