Funded Project

The experience of low-socioeconomic status (low-SES) people is underrepresented in the public discourse and media coverage about online privacy. The Foundation funded a two-year fellowship at an investigative journalism outlet to report on important privacy issues for low-SES individuals and communities in the United States. The reporting fellowship is part of the Foundation’s Understanding SES and Privacy program area, which has the goals of understanding the privacy experience of low-SES people and where a differential approach to privacy protections may be needed.

Project summary was written by the grantee.

Grantee: Center for Investigative Reporting

With the support of the Digital Trust Foundation, CIR will deepen and expand its investigations into new surveillance technologies and privacy so that the public can take part in an informed conversation about the inevitable trade-offs between security and privacy, and the particular impact of these technologies on low socio-economic status (SES) communities. Through the fellowship, CIR will undertake objective reporting with the goals of understanding the privacy experience of low-SES people and where a differential approach to privacy protections may be needed. The fellowship will focus on domestic government privacy issues and will also explore consumer privacy issues. The reporting will present multiple dimensions (for example social, economic, or legal) of the privacy experience and will include a diverse range of experts and perspectives.