In July 2019, Professor Danielle Citron joined the faculty of Boston University School of Law as a Professor of Law. Before joining BU Law, she taught at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law for fifteen years where she received the 2018 “UMD Champion of Excellence” award for teaching and scholarship. Professor Citron has been a Visiting Professor at Fordham University School of Law (Fall 2018) and George Washington Law School (Spring 2017). After settling into her digs at BU Law, she will visit Harvard Law School. Professor Citron teaches and writes about data privacy, free expression, civil rights, and administrative law (with a focus on automation).
Professor Citron is an internationally recognized privacy expert. Her book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace (Harvard University Press) 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 numerous book chapters and more than 30 law review articles, published in the Yale Law Journal, California Law Review (twice), Michigan Law Review (twice), Harvard Law Review Forum, Boston University Law Review (three times), Notre Dame Law Review (twice), Fordham Law Review (twice), George Washington Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Texas Law Review, Washington University Law Review (three times), Southern California Law Review, Washington & Lee Law Review, Wake Forest Law Review, Washington Law Review (twice), UC Davis Law Review and other journals. Her current scholarly projects concern sexual privacy; privacy and national security challenges of deep fakes; and the automated administrative state.
Professor Citron’s opinion pieces have appeared in major media outlets, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Time, CNN, The Guardian, New Scientist, Lawfare, ars technica, and New York Daily News. She is a technology contributor for Forbes and served as a long-time member of the now-defunct Concurring Opinions blog (2008-2019).
Professor Citron’s work has been recognized at home and abroad. In 2015, the United Kingdom’s Prospect Magazine named Professor Citron one of the “Top 50 World Thinkers.” The Maryland Daily Record named her one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Marylanders.” 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 is an active member of the cyber law community. She is an Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Center on Internet and Society, Affiliate Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project, Senior Fellow at Future of Privacy, and Tech Fellow at the NYU Policing Project. 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. She is a member of the Principals Group for the Harvard-MIT AI Fund.
Professor Citron works with numerous civil liberties and privacy organizations. She is the Vice President of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative. She served as the Chair of the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s Board of Directors from 2017-2019 and now sits on its Board. She is on the Anti-Defamation League’s Advisory Board of its Center on Technology & Society. Professor Citron has served on the Advisory Boards of Without My Consent, Teach Privacy, SurvJustice, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy Bar.
In connection with her advocacy work, she advises tech companies on online safety, privacy, and free speech. She serves on Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council as well as Facebook’s Nonconsensual Intimate Imagery Task Force. She has presented her research at Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.
Professor Citron advises 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 worked with 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.
Professor Citron has presented her research in over 200 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. She appeared in HBO’s Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age (directed by Nancy Jo Sales) and Netizens (which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, directed by Cynthia Lowen). She 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.