What is the Digital Rhetorical Privacy Collective?
The Digital Rhetorical Privacy Collective (DRP Collective/DRPC) is an interactive, coalitional resource which features activities, assignments, lesson plans, and other teaching materials for teaching about digital privacy and surveillance in writing classrooms. The DRP Collective is a coalitional action we undertake to continue to better understand how important digital privacy is not only to ending oppression in American society, but also to building an equitable future for all.
The DRP Collective is an evolving project! In February 2023, the DRPC was awarded an Emergent Researcher grant from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)/Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC).
What is Digital Rhetorical Privacy?
Digital Rhetorical Privacy Collective (DRPC) is a state of being when a user is confidant their digital data is free from unauthorized observances by nefarious computer technologies and other users. The best way to gain a robust understanding of DRP is to examine the intersections of digital privacy, policy, and power.
Defining privacy has proven quite difficult as so many interactions have transitioned online. For example, instructors working in educational settings rely on Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to guide their interactions with students and the definition of privacy defined by the Human Subject Institutional Review Board (IRB) for their research. Conversely, people working in the medical and healthcare industry follow guidelines of the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). These variations in how people understand privacy represent a microcosm of the different views about privacy, and digital privacy, across society.