Danielle Citron is the Morton & Sophia Macht Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where she teaches and writes about information privacy, free expression, and civil rights. Professor Citron is an internationally recognized privacy expert. Her book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace (Harvard University Press 2014) explored the phenomenon of cyber stalking and the role of law and private companies in combating it; the editors of Cosmopolitan included her book in its “20 Best Moments for Women in 2014.” Professor Citron has published book chapters and more than 25 law review articles, which have appeared in the Boston University Law Review (three times), California Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Harvard Law Review Forum, Michigan Law Review (twice), Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review (twice), Southern California Law Review, Texas Law Review, Washington University Law Review (twice), Washington Law Review (twice), Washington & Lee Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, among others. Her opinion pieces have appeared in major media outlets, such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Time, CNN, The Guardian, New Scientist, and New York Daily News. In 2018, Professor Citron was named a UMD Champion of Excellence. In 2015, the United Kingdom’s Prospect Magazine named Professor Citron one of the “Top 50 World Thinkers;” the Daily Record named her one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Marylanders.” Professor Citron is an Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Center on Internet and Society, Affiliate Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project, Senior Fellow at the Future of Privacy, a privacy think tank, and a Tech Fellow at the NYU Policing Project. She is a member of the Principals Group for the Harvard-MIT AI Fund. She is a technology contributor for Forbes. Professor Citron will be a Visiting Professor at Fordham University School of Law in the fall of 2018 and Harvard Law School in the fall of 2019.
Professor Citron has advised federal and state legislators, law enforcement, and international lawmakers on privacy issues. In July 2017, she testified at a congressional briefing on online harassment and sexual violence co-sponsored by Congresswoman Jackie Speier. In April 2015, she testified at a congressional briefing sponsored by Congresswoman Katharine Clark on the First Amendment implications of a federal cyber stalking legal agenda. She has advised the offices of Congresswoman Katharine Clark, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kamala Harris, and Senator Diane Feinstein on federal legislation. Professor Citron helped Maryland State Senator Jon Cardin draft a bill criminalizing the nonconsensual publication of nude images, which was passed into law in 2014. From 2014 to December 2016, Professor Citron served as an advisor to California Attorney General Kamala Harris. She served as a member of AG Harris’s Task Force to Combat Cyber Exploitation and Violence Against Women. In October 2015, Professor Citron, with AG Harris, spoke at a press conference to discuss the AG office’s new online hub of resources for law enforcement, technology companies, and victims of cyber sexual exploitation. In 2011, Professor Citron testified about misogynistic cyber hate speech before the Inter-Parliamentary Committee on Anti-Semitism at the House of Commons.
Professor Citron works closely with companies on issues involving online safety and privacy. She serves on Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council, and she has presented her research at Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. In addition, Professor Citron works with numerous civil liberties and privacy organizations. She is the Chair of the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s Board of Directors. Professor Citron serves on the Advisory Board of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, Without My Consent, Future of Privacy, Teach Privacy, SurvJustice, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy Bar. She is a member of the American Law Institute (inducted in 2017) and serves as an adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement Third, Information Privacy Principles Project.
Professor Citron has presented her research in over 100 talks at federal agencies, meetings of the National Association of Attorneys General, the National Holocaust Museum, the Anti-Defamation League, Wikimedia Foundation, universities , companies, and think tanks. Professor Citron has been quoted in hundreds of news stories in publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, National Public Radio, Time, Newsweek, the New Yorker, New York Magazine, Cosmopolitan, HBO’s John Oliver Show, Barron’s, Financial Times, The Guardian, Vice News, and BBC. She is a frequent guest on National Public Radio shows, including All Things Considered, WHYY’s Radio Times, WNYC’s Public Radio International, Minnesota Public Radio, WYPR’s Midday with Dan Rodricks, Wisconsin Public Radio, WAMU’s 1A, WAMU’s The Diane Rehm Show, and Chicago Public Radio.