The noted expert on privacy will teach courses on information privacy, free expression, and civil procedure.
Danielle Citron, a leading expert on information privacy, free speech, civil rights, and administrative law, has joined the full-time faculty of Boston University School of Law. Beginning in the fall, she will teach courses on information privacy, free expression, and civil procedure.
Citron’s current projects concern the recognition of sexual privacy as a foundational privacy interest; the national security, privacy, and free speech implications of deep fakes; and the legitimacy crisis raised by the automation of agency work. Her book, Hate Crimes in Cyberspace (Harvard University Press), explored the phenomenon of cyber stalking and was named one of the “20 Best Moments for Women in 2014” by Cosmopolitan magazine.
She has authored more than 30 law review articles, appearing in the Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Harvard Law Review Forum, Boston University Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Fordham Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Texas Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Washington & Lee Law Review, Wake Forest Law Review, Washington Law Review, UC Davis Law Review, and other journals.
An active member of the privacy and cyberlaw community, Citron is affiliated with the Stanford Center on Internet and Society, the Yale Information Society Project, Future of Privacy, the NYU Policing Project, and the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard Law School. She is a member of the American Law Institute and serves as an adviser to the Restatement Third, Information Privacy Principles Project. She is a member of the principals group and board of directors for the Harvard-MIT AI Fund.
Citron works closely with civil liberties and privacy organizations and counsels tech companies on online safety, privacy, and free speech. She is vice president of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a group that advocates for victims of nonconsensual pornography and takes its name from Citron’s 2009 BU Law Review article. 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.
As part of her advocacy, Citron advises federal and state legislators, law enforcement, and international lawmakers. In June 2019, she testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about the challenges of misinformation and deep fakes. She has presented her work at congressional briefings on online harassment and sexual violence and on the First Amendment implications of a federal cyber stalking legal agenda. She has worked on federal legislation with the offices of Congresswoman Katharine Clark, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kamala Harris, and Senator Diane Feinstein. She 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, Citron served as an advisor to California Attorney General Kamala Harris on her Task Force to Combat Cyber Exploitation and Violence Against Women.
Before joining BU Law, Citron 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.
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