Shaanan is a Lecturer (equivalent to a U.S. Assistant Professor) at the University of Melbourne where his research centers on the interplay between computer systems and the law, with particular focus on applications of cryptography.

In 2019, Shaanan was the inaugural Geller Fellow of the Wharton Public Policy Initiative, with a summer placement in the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where he assisted in the development of technology strategy within the commission.

In 2018 he served as a Cybersecurity Fellow working on U.S Federal technology policy in the office of Senator Ron Wyden. Prior to that, he spent three months at Facebook headquarters, working to ensure secure deletion of user data.

Shaanan completed his Ph.D. and MSE at the University of Pennsylvania in Computer & Information Science. He obtained a Master in Law from Penn Law, and his BSc and DipMus (Vocal Performance) from the University and Conservatorium of Melbourne respectively.

His research has received recognition in the form of the Best Paper Award at ACM CCS and an 'Pwnie' Award for best Cryptographic Attack. He is also the recipient of the Excellence in Tutoring Award from the University of Melbourne.

Shaanan also retains secondary affiliations with Penn Law as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition and as an affiliate of Princeton University's Center for IT Policy, where he was previously a Postdoctoral Research Associate.

Research Interests

Applied Cryptography; Technology, Public Policy, and Law; Computer Security

Recent Publications and Research

Notable Talks


  • 2021 Semester 1 (Unimelb) - Foundations of Algorithms
  • 2021 Semester 2 (Unimelb) - Information Security and Privacy


  • 2017sf, 2016sf, 2015sf (UPenn) - Computer and Network Security
  • 2016s (UPenn) - Technology and Policy
  • 2015f, 2016f (UPenn) - Operating Systems
  • 2014 Semester 1 (Unimelb) - TRICS Presenter (Theoretical Research in Computer Science), Cryptography
  • 2014 Semester 1 (Unimelb) - Foundations of Computing
  • 2014 Semester 1 (Unimelb) - Computer Systems
  • 2013 Semester 2 (Unimelb) - Engineering Computation
  • 2013s (UPenn) - Algorithms and Data Structures


Cryptography; Cyber Security; Distributed Systems; Contract Law; C; Python; HTML/CSS; Systems Administration; Public Policy;


  • I am currently a Bass in Voices of Gotham, a competitive barbershop chorus. I spent my PhD in multiple different choirs, the most significant of them being the Penn Glee Club and the Penn Pipers.
  • I spend much of my free time playing piano, predominantly works from musical theatre.
  • I came second place in a safe cracking tournament, and am working to learn and teach lockpicking.
  • I have five years of experience as an informal educator in a community youth movement.
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