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A Short, Qualitative Analysis Of Virtual Private Networks

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posted on 23.05.2021, 10:23 authored by Alexandra Bonder
This paper provides an overview of the current state of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) by combining a general analysis of key issues with the perspectives of employees working at five popular VPN companies. This paper argues that VPN technology cannot be analyzed in a meaningful way without reference to the values and motivations of the people of which the companies comprise. A key finding is the differences observed between different employees’ understanding of terms essential to VPN competence: “security” and “privacy”. These differences highlight the difficulty of judging VPNs objectively, as, their perceived functionality ultimately depends on an affective alignment of values between user and company.





Master of Arts


Communication and Culture

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type