About Sean O'BrienShort Bio

I’m a Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School with expertise in cybersecurity, privacy, and mobile device forensics.   I launched my first website in 1997 and have been working with computers ever since.  I’m a Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) advocate and GNU/Linux educator, but most people know me as the friendly neighborhood geek.  I live in New Haven, Connecticut with my phenomenal wife on our urban homestead.


I hold an M.A.Ed. in Educational Technology and a B.A. in Interactive Digital Media from the University of Connecticut. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Law at the University of South Africa. My supervisor is Prof. Sieg Eiselen and my focus is Technology and Comparative International Law.

Professional Work

I’m a Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where I co-teach about cybersecurity with Prof. Scott Shapiro.  I’m also the Asst. Director for Technology at Yale Office of International Students & Scholars.

I founded Yale Privacy Lab, where I focus on digital privacy and security curriculum as the Lab Director.  Privacy Lab is an initiative of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, where I teach the Cyber Freedom & Security reading group.  I’m also a board member of MakeHaven, a local non-profit makerspace.

Articles, Interviews, & Press

Work Samples


See my secure contact info in my profile at https://privacylab.yale.edu/directory