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How Working Remotely Impacts Society

In an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, employees were encouraged to work from home, a condition that could change the way we work and conduct business long past the pandemic. The rapid switch to remote work forced businesses and schools to take a closer look at communication, instruction, data storage, and other factors, for their students and employees. Recent studies at UT have examined how remote work impacts communities, from communicating instructional changes to safely storing data across networks.
Book cover: Privacy's Perfect Storm: Digital Policy for Post-Pandemic Times by Stuart Brotman

Book Provides Guidelines to Achieve Digital Privacy Protection

Stuart N. Brotman, Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media in the College of Communication and Information, has written a guide to achieving better digital privacy protection in a time when people worldwide have transitioned to working remotely online. This near-constant connection to digital devices and transferral of data across networks has made our personal and confidential data vulnerable to being collected, stored, disseminated, and sold to entities, often without our knowledge, consent, or control.

Professor Studies Communication Patterns During Remote Learning Transition

This spring, the pandemic led most US higher education institutions to transition from in-person to online learning. Sally McMillan, professor of advertising and public relations in the College of Communication and Information, surveyed 525 parents and guardians of students who made that transition to determine the effectiveness of communication patterns between the institutions and parents and those between parents and students. The results of this study may provide insights into other strategic communication contexts.

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