Danny O'Brien (journalist)

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Danny O'Brien
Danny O'Brien at ETech 2005.jpg
O'Brien at ETech in 2005
Born1969 (age 49–50)
OccupationInternational Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Spouse(s)Liz Henry

Danny O'Brien (born 1969) is a British technology journalist and civil liberties activist. He is the International Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.


He wrote weekly columns for the Sunday Times and the Irish Times; and before that for The Guardian, and acted as a consultant in helping The Guardian formulate its online strategy. He worked for the UK edition of Wired, as well as for Channel 4 and the British ISP Virgin.net. Together with Dave Green, he founded and wrote the now-defunct email newsletter Need To Know.

In May 2005, he succeeded Ren Bucholz as Activist Coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and then became EFF's International Outreach Coordinator. In April 2010, he moved to a new position as Internet Advocacy Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists. In February 2013, he became the Director of the International Department at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.[1]

Danny O'Brien (on right) in 2014 at Wikimania

O'Brien also set up a pledge on PledgeBank to help coordinate the establishment of "an organisation that will campaign for digital rights in the UK", which led to the creation of the Open Rights Group.[2]


O'Brien is married to Liz Henry. He was previously married to Quinn Norton,[3] with whom he has a daughter.


  1. ^ "Danny O'Brien Returns to Head EFF's International Team". EFF. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  2. ^ "UK digital rights group sets up". BBC News. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  3. ^ Wesley Yang (February 8, 2013). "The Life and Afterlife of Aaron Swartz". New York. Retrieved May 25, 2013.

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