Bio

Danielle Citron is a professor of law at the Boston University School of Law, where she teaches and writes about information privacy, free expression, and civil rights. Professor Citron has garnered awards nationally and internationally. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2019 based on her work on cyber stalking and sexual privacy. 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” of 2015.

Professor Citron’s book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace (Harvard University Press, 2014) was named one of the “20 Best Moments for Women in 2014” by Cosmopolitan magazine. She has published 40 law review articles, appearing in the Yale Law JournalCalifornia Law Review (twice), Michigan Law Review (three times), Harvard Law Review ForumBoston University Law Review (three times), Minnesota Law ReviewNotre Dame Law Review (twice), George Washington Law ReviewTexas Law ReviewWashington University Law Review (three times), Southern California Law ReviewFordham Law Review (twice), Washington Law Review (twice), William & Mary Law ReviewUniversity of Chicago Legal Forum, among other major journals. Her opinion pieces have appeared in major media outlets, including the New York Times, the AtlanticSlateTimeCNN, the Guardian, New Scientist, and New York Daily News.

Professor Citron is the vice president of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit devoted to the protection of civil rights and liberties. She serves on the board of directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Future of Privacy and on the advisory boards of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Technology and Society and Teach Privacy. In connection with her advocacy work, she advises tech companies on online safety and civil liberties. She serves on Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council and Facebook’s Nonconsensual Intimate Imagery Task Force.

Citron is an affiliate scholar at the Stanford Center on Internet and Society, Yale Information Society Project, and NYU’s Policing Project. She is a member of Axon’s advisory board on AI Ethics and the advisory board for the Center on Investigative Reporting. As a member of the American Law Institute, she serves as an adviser to the Restatement Third, Information Privacy Principles Project and Restatement (Third) Torts: Defamation and Privacy. She is a member of the board of directors for the Harvard–MIT AI Fund.

Professor Citron has advised federal and state legislators, law enforcement, and international lawmakers on privacy issues. In 2019, she testified before the House Intelligence Committee on the national security challenges of deep fakes and other forms of disinformation as well as before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the responsibility of online platforms. 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, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Senator Diane Feinstein, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Senator Kamala Harris on potential 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 then-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 her office’s new online resource for law enforcement and individuals whose nude images were disclosed without consent. 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 has given more than 400 talks, including at federal agencies, meetings of the National Association of Attorneys General, the National Holocaust Museum, the Anti-Defamation League, major universities (such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, and MIT), and think tanks. Professor Citron has been quoted in hundreds of news stories in varied publications, such as the New York TimesWashington PostWall Street JournalLos Angeles TimesSan Francisco ChronicleUSA Today, HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, TimeNewsweek, the New YorkerNew York MagazineCosmopolitanBarron’sFinancial Times, the GuardianVice News, and BBC. She is a frequent guest on National Public Radio shows.

Before joining BU Law, she taught at the University of Maryland School of Law where she received the 2018 “UMD Champion of Excellence” award for teaching and scholarship. She has been a visiting professor at Fordham Law School and George Washington Law School. In 2016, she was a Dean’s Distinguished Visitor at Washington University School of Law and an interdisciplinary studies fellow at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Professor Citron will make a short visit to the University of Chicago School of Law in 2021 and at Harvard Law School in the fall of 2022.

TED Talk: How Deepfakes Undermine Truth and Threaten Democracy (2019)

Danielle Citron named a MacArthur Fellow (2019)

Hate Crimes in Cyberspace 
(Harvard University Press 2014)

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