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Danielle Citron      

Law Professor & Author of "Hate Crimes in Cyberspace"

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). She will also 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" explored the phenomenon of cyberstalking 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 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. 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 cyberstalking legal agenda.

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.


Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act needs an update.

By Danielle Citron. Oct 16 ... This article was adapted from testimony Danielle Keats Citron delivered before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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