Laurin B. Weissinger

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Laurin B. Weissinger teaches at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, focusing on socio-technical cyber security. He is also the Cybersecurity Fellow and an ISP Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School.

Laurin studies and teaches cybersecurity from a holistic socio-technological perspective and utilizes multidisciplinary methods to explore the technical, social, and political aspects of cybersecurity in practice, as well as global cyber governance.

His research focuses on the problem of trust assurance in cyber security, (cyber) security threats more generally, cooperation in international and organizational cybersecurity, risk analysis, security policy, as well as cybercrime and anti-abuse.

Additionally, Laurin has international cybersecurity policy experience, having served as a Vice-Chair for the Second Security, Stability, and Resiliency Review for ICANN, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Final Report, January 2021).

Laurin’s research and policy work are informed by his fifteen years working in IT as a systems administrator and architect in the healthcare industry, as well as in technology consulting.

In terms of research methodology, Laurin has considerable experience in (expert) interviewing; policy and technical analysis; as well as quantitative data analysis, particularly network analysis and statistics. Having collected primary data for all his research, he is also experienced in organizing and conducting data collection in the field. He serves as a guest editor for a special issue on data collection for the Social Networks Journal.

Laurin received his DPhil (PhD) from University of Oxford, where he conducted an in-depth study of trust assurance in cybersecurity. Additionally, Laurin holds an MSc from Oxford, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a BA from University of Birmingham. Laurin is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Other Profiles and Affiliations

The Fletcher School

Yale Law School

Yale Law School, Information Society Project

The Internet Law and Policy Foundry

Yale Privacy Lab


Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Cybersecurity Oxford, University of Oxford

ExLegi Institute, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford

Visiting Scholar, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley

Visiting Scholar, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Utrecht University


2020 and 2021 - The Cyber World - 2021 Syllabus

2021 and 2022 - How Systems Fail: Policy Class - 2021 Syllabus

2020 and 2021 - How Systems Work: Policy Class - 2020 Syllabus

2018 and 2019 - Cybersecurity at Yale Law School - 2019 Syllabus

2019 - Reading Group: Cybersecurity Policy at Yale Law School - Syllabus

Tutor at different Oxford colleges



Recent Writing

AI, Complexity, and Regulation. OUP Handbook on AI Governance, in print, 2022.

With multiple co-authors: COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and hesitancy in low- and middle-income countries. Nature Medicine, 2021.

With Dave Piscetello and Bill Wilson: ICANN, GDPR, and the WHOIS: A Users Survey - Three Years Later. M3AAWG and APWG Report, 2021.

Vaccination passport apps could help society reopen – first they have to be secure, private and trusted. The Conversation, 2021.

With multiple co-authors: Vaccination Verification Systems. Brookings Institution, 2021.

The Challenge of Networked Complexity to NATO’s Digital Security. CCDCOE Special Publication, Peer Reviewed, 2020.

Building trust and co-designing a study of trust and co-operation: Observations from a network study in a high-risk, high-security environment. Social Networks, 2020.

Contact Tracing: Centralize or Decentralize., Book Chapter, 2020.