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. She previously taught at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law 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). In the future, she will do visiting stints at the University of Chicago School of Law and Harvard Law School.

Professor Citron is an internationally recognized privacy expert. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2019. 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, Michigan Law Review, Harvard Law Review Forum, Boston University Law Review, Texas Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Southern California 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. She contributes to Lawfare and Forbes. She served as a 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, Affiliate Faculty at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard Law School, and a 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 and Restatement (Third) Torts: Defamation and Privacy.

Professor Citron works closely with 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 sits on its Board. Professor Citron has served on the Advisory Boards of Without My Consent, Teach Privacy, 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 October 2019, she testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the responsibilities of online platforms. In June 2019, she testified at the House Intelligence Committee hearing on deep fakes and other forms of disinformation. 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 Jackie Spier, Congresswoman Katharine Clark, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Brian Schatz, 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 then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris. She served as a member of AG Harris’s 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 more than 300 times, including 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 gave a TED talk on the issue of deep fakes at the 2019 Global TED Summit in Edinburgh, Scotland. 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 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Barron’s, Financial Times, The Guardian, Vice News, and BBC. She is a frequent radio guest, appearing 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.

Danielle can be reached at keatsmorris@gmail.com

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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