David O’Brien is a Senior Researcher at the Berkman Center. He has contributed legal and policy research to a variety of Berkman Center’s projects, spanning the topics of privacy, cloud computing, copyright, cybersecurity, interoperability, and internet governance. David currently leads the Berkman Center’s efforts in the cybersecurity and the Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data project. David also serves on the advisory board for Harvard’s Open Data Assistance Program.
Prior to joining the Berkman Center in 2011, David advised clients on matters involving intellectual property, website terms of service, and privacy policies. He earned a J.D. from Northeastern University’s School of Law, where he served on the Northeastern University Law Journal staff, and a B.S. in Economics & Business Administration. While in law school, David held positions in the Copyright, Trademark, New Media & Entertainment practice group at Fish & Richardson in Boston, at Inverness Medical Innovations’ in-house legal department, and with the Hon. Judith Dein at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Beyond his work at Berkman, David spends his free time pretending to be a chef at home, occasionally voiding warranties while doing DIY disassembly and repair, and spending as much time as possible outdoors in Boston, California, and Colorado.