Professor Danielle Citron

Danielle K. Citron

Professor of Law

JD, cum laude, Fordham University School of Law
BA, cum laude, Duke University

Areas of Interest
Administrative Law, Automation, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Feminist & Critical Race Scholarship, Free Expression, Privacy, Privacy Governance
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Biography

Danielle Citron is a professor of law at Boston University School of Law, where she teaches and writes about privacy, free speech, and civil procedure. Her book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace (Harvard University Press) was named one of the “20 Best Moments for Women in 2014” by Cosmopolitan magazine. Citron’s scholarship has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, California Law Review (twice), Michigan Law Review (twice), 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. She has written opinion pieces for the New York Times, Atlantic, Slate, Time, CNN, Guardian, New Scientist, Lawfare, ars technica, Forbes, New York Daily News.

Citron is the vice president of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit devoted to the protection of civil rights and liberties in the digital age. She serves on the board of directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and 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. She serves on Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council and Facebook’s Nonconsensual Intimate Imagery Task Force.

She is an affiliate scholar at the Stanford Center on Internet and Society, Yale Information Society Project, and NYU’s Policing Project. As a member of the American Law Institute, she served as an adviser to the organization’s Restatement Third, Information Privacy Principles Project. She is a member of the board of directors for the Harvard–MIT AI Fund

Citron works closely with lawmakers and law enforcers. In June 2019, she testified before the House Intelligence Committee about the challenges of misinformation and deep fakes. She has presented her work at congressional briefings devoted to cyber stalking and violence against women. She has worked with the offices of Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kamala Harris, and Senator Diane Feinstein on federal legislation. From 2014 to 2016, She 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.

Citron has given over 300 talks, including at federal agencies, National Association of Attorneys General meetings, 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 Last Week Tonight with John OliverBarron’s, Financial Times, The Guardian, Vice 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.

Publications
  1. Danielle Citron & Robert Chesney, "21st Century-Style Truth Decay: Deep Fakes and the Challenge for Privacy, Free Expression, and National Security," in Symposium Truth Decay: Deep Fakes and the Implications for Privacy, National Security, and Democracy, 78 Maryland Law Review 882 (2019).
  2. Danielle Citron, "Cyber Mobs, Disinformation, and Death Videos: The Internet As It Is (And As It Should Be)," review of Nick Drnaso, Sabrina, Drawn & Quarterly (2018), 118 Michigan Law Review (forthcoming). SSRN | Scholarly Commons
  3. Danielle Citron & Robert Chesney, "Deep Fakes: A Looming Crisis for Privacy, Democracy, and National Security," 107 California Law Review (forthcoming).
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  4. Danielle Citron & Mary Anne Franks, "Evaluating New York’s “Revenge Porn” Law: A Missed Opportunity to Protect Sexual Privacy," Harvard Law Review Blog (March 19, 2019).
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  5. Danielle Citron, "The Roots of Sexual Privacy: Warren and Brandeis & the Privacy of Intimate Life," in Symposium Owning Personality: The Expanding Right of Publicity, 42 Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts 383 (2019).
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  6. Danielle Citron, "Sexual Privacy," 128 Yale Law Journal 1870 (2019).
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  7. Danielle Citron, "When Law Frees Us to Speak," in Symposium Gender Equality and the First Amendment, 87 Fordham Law Review 2317 (2019).
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  8. Danielle Citron, "Why Combating Online Abuse Is Good For Free Speech," in Free Speech in the Digital Age , Susan Brison & Katharine Gelber, eds., Oxford University Press (2019).
  9. Danielle Citron, "Why Sexual Privacy Matters for Trust," 96 Washington University School of Law Review (forthcoming).
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  10. Danielle Citron, "Extremist Speech, Compelled Conformity, and Censorship Creep," 93 Notre Dame Law Review 1035 (2018).
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  11. Danielle Citron & Neil Richards, "Four Principles for Digital Speech (You Won’t Believe #3!)," 95 Washington University School of Law Review 1353 (2018).
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  12. Danielle Citron & Quinta Jurecic, "Platform Justice: Content Moderation at an Inflection Point," No. 1811 Aegis Series (2018).
  13. Danielle Citron, "A Poor Mother’s Right to Privacy: A Review," review of Khiara Bridges, The Poverty of Privacy Rights, Stanford University Press (2017), 98 Boston University Law Review 1139 (2018). SSRN | Scholarly Commons
  14. Danielle Citron & Benjamin Wittes, "The Problem Isn't Just Backpage: Revising Section 230 Immunity," 2 Georgetown Law Technology Review 453 (2018).
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  15. Danielle Citron & Daniel Solove, "Risk and Anxiety: A Theory of Data Breach Harms," 96 Texas Law Review 737 (2018).
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  16. Danielle Citron & Benjamin Wittes, "The Internet Will Not Break: Denying Bad Samaritans Section 230 Immunity," in Symposium Terrorist Incitement on the Internet, 86 Fordham Law Review 401 (2017).
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  17. Danielle Citron & Liz Clark Rinehart, "The Surveillance Implications of Combatting Cyber Harassment," in Cambridge Handbook of Surveillance Law , David Gray & Stephen Henderson, eds., Cambridge University Press (2017).
  18. Danielle Citron, "The Privacy Policymaking of State Attorneys General," 92 Notre Dame Law Review 747 (2016).
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  19. Danielle Citron, "Addressing Cyber Harassment: An Overview of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace," 6 Case Western Reserve Journal of Law, Technology & the Internet 1 (2015).
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  20. Danielle Citron, "Protecting Sexual Privacy in the Information Age," in Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions , Marc Rotenberg, Jeramie Scott & Julia Horwitz, eds., The New Press (2015).
  21. Danielle Citron, "Spying Inc.," in Symposium Cybersurveillance in the Post-Snowden Age, 72 Washington & Lee Law Review 1243 (2015).
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  22. Danielle Citron & Mary Anne Franks, "Criminalizing Revenge Porn," 49 Wake Forest Law Review 345 (2014).
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  23. Danielle Citron, Hate Crimes in Cyberspace, Harvard University Press (2014).
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  24. Danielle Citron & Frank Pasquale, "Promoting Innovation While Preventing Discrimination: Policy Goals for the Scored Society," 89 Washington Law Review 1413 (2014).
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  25. Danielle Citron & Frank Pasquale, "The Scored Society: Due Process for Automated Predictions," 89 Washington Law Review 1 (2014).
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  26. Danielle Citron & David Gray, "Addressing the Harm of Total Surveillance: A Reply to Professor Neil Richards," 126 Harvard Law Review Forum 262 (2013).
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  27. Danielle Citron, David Gray & Liz Clark Rinehart, "Fighting Cybercrime After United States v. Jones," 103 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 745 (2013).
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  28. Danielle Citron & David Gray, "The Right to Quantitative Privacy," 98 Minnesota Law Review 62 (2013).
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  29. Danielle Citron & David Gray, "A Shattered Looking Glass: The Pitfalls and Potential of the Mosaic Theory of Fourth Amendment Privacy," 14 North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology 381 (2013).
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  30. Danielle Citron & Helen Norton, "Intermediaries and Hate Speech: Fostering Digital Citizenship for the Information Age," 91 Boston University Law Review 1435 (2011).
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  31. Danielle Citron & Frank Pasquale, "Network Accountability for the Domestic Intelligence Apparatus," 62 Hastings Law Journal 1441 (2011).
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  32. Danielle Citron, "Civil Rights in Our Information Age," in The Offensive Internet: Speech, Privacy, and Reputation , Martha Nussbaum & Saul Levmore, eds., Harvard University Press (2010).
  33. Danielle Citron, "Fulfilling Government 2.0’s Promise with Robust Privacy Protection," 78 George Washington Law Review 822 (2010).
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  34. Danielle Citron & Helen Norton, "Government Speech 2.0," 87 Denver Law Review 899 (2010).
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  35. Danielle Citron, "Mainstreaming Privacy Torts," in Symposium Prosser's Privacy at 50: A Symposium on Privacy in the 21st Century, 98 California Law Review 1805 (2010).
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  36. Danielle Citron & Leslie Meltzer Henry, "Visionary Pragmatism and the Value of Privacy in the Information Age," review of Daniel Solove, Understanding Privacy, Harvard University Press (2008), 108 Michigan Law Review 1107 (2010). SSRN | Scholarly Commons
  37. Danielle Citron, "Cyber Civil Rights," 89 Boston University Law Review 61 (2009).
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  38. Danielle Citron, "Law’s Expressive Value in Combating Cyber Gender Harassment," 108 Michigan Law Review 373 (2009).
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  39. Danielle Citron, "The Privacy Implications of Deep Packet Inspection," in Deep Packet Inspection: A Collection of Essays by Industry Experts , Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (2009). Publisher
  40. Danielle Citron, "Open Code Governance," in Symposium Law in a Networked World, 2008 University of Chicago Legal Forum 355 (2008).
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  41. Danielle Citron, "Technological Due Process," 85 Washington University School of Law Review 1249 (2008).
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  42. Danielle Citron, "Reservoirs of Danger: The Evolution of Public and Private Law at the Dawn of the Information Age," 80 Southern California Law Review 241 (2007).
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  43. Danielle Citron, "Minimum Contacts in a Borderless World: Voice over Internet Protocol and the Coming Implosion of Personal Jurisdiction Theory," 39 U.C. Davis Law Review 1481 (2006).
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  44. Danielle Citron, "Planned Parenthood v. Casey: From U.S. “Rights Talk” To Western European “Responsibility Talk 16 Fordham International Law Journal 761 (1992).
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