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Danielle Citron

Morton & Sophia Macht Professor of Law

Phone: (410) 706-3924
Fax: (410) 706-6644
E-mail:
dcitron @ law.umaryland.edu

Office: 231

BA cum laude, Duke University
JD cum laude and Order of the Coif, Fordham University School of Law

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Biography | Selected Publications | In the News

Danielle Citron is the Morton & Sophia Macht Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where she teaches and writes about information privacy, free expression, and civil rights. Professor Citron received the “Teacher of the Year” award in 2005.

Professor Citron is an internationally recognized information privacy expert. 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 book chapters and more than twenty law review articles, which have appeared (or are forthcoming) in California Law ReviewMichigan Law ReviewHarvard Law Review ForumBoston University Law ReviewGeorge Washington Law ReviewMinnesota Law ReviewNotre Dame Law ReviewTexas Law Review, Washington University Law ReviewSouthern California Law Review, Washington & Lee Law Review, Wake Forest Law Review, Washington Law Review, UC Davis Law Review, among other journals. Her opinion pieces have appeared in media outlets like The New York TimesThe AtlanticSlateTimeCNNThe Guardian, New Scientist, and New York Daily News. In 2015, the United Kingdom’s Prospect Magazine named Professor Citron one of the “Top 50 World Thinkers;” the Daily Record named her one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Marylanders.” Professor Citron is an Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Center on Internet and Society, Affiliate Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project, and Senior Fellow at the Future of Privacy, a privacy think tank. She is a technology contributor for Forbes.

Professor Citron has advised federal and state legislators, law enforcement, and international lawmakers on privacy issues. In April 2015, she testified at a congressional briefing on the First Amendment implications of a federal cyber stalking legal agenda. 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 California Attorney General Kamala Harris (who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016). She served as a member of AG Harris’s Task Force to Combat Cyber Exploitation and Violence Against Women. In 2011, Professor Citron testified about online hate speech before the Inter-Parliamentary Committee on Anti-Semitism at the House of Commons.

Professor Citron works closely with companies on issues involving online safety and privacy. She serves on Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council, and she has presented her research at Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. In addition, Professor Citron serves as an advisor to civil liberties and privacy organizations. She will Chair the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s Board of Directors in 2017. Professor Citron is on the Advisory Board of Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, Without My Consent, Future of Privacy, Teach Privacy, SurvJustice, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy Bar. She is an adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement Third, Information Privacy Principles Project.

Professor Citron has presented her research at federal agencies, meetings of the National Association of Attorneys General, the National Holocaust Museum, Wikimedia Foundation, the Anti-Defamation League, major universities, and think tanks. Professor Citron has been quoted in hundreds of news stories in varied outlets including The New York TimesWashington PostWall Street JournalLos Angeles TimesSan Francisco ChronicleUSA TodayHBO’s John Oliver ShowTimeNewsweekthe New YorkerNew York MagazineCosmopolitanBarron’sFinancial TimesThe GuardianVice News, and BBC. She is a frequent guest on National Public Radio shows, including All Things Considered, WHYY’s Radio Times, WNYC’s Public Radio International, Minnesota Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, WYPR’s Midday with Dan Rodricks, WAMU’s The Diane Rehm Show, and Chicago Public Radio.

Books

Hate Crimes in Cyberspace (2014). [Abstract]

Book Chapters

Protecting Sexual Privacy in the Information Age, in Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions 46 (Marc Rotenberg et al. eds., 2015).

Civil Rights in the Information Age, in The Offensive Internet: Speech, Privacy and Reputation (Martha Nussbaum & Saul Levmore eds., 2011). [Abstract]

Articles

Risk and Anxiety: A Theory of Data Breach Harms, Texas Law Review (forthcoming) (with Daniel J. Solove).

The Privacy Policymaking of State Attorneys General, 92 Notre Dame Law Review 747 (2016).

Addressing Cyber Harassment: An Overview of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace, 6 Case W. Reserve Journal of Law Technology & the Internet 1 (2015). [Full Text]

Spying, Inc., 72 Washington & Lee Law Review 1243 (2015). [Full Text]

Promoting Innovation While Preventing Discrimination: Policy Goals for the Scored Society, 89 Washington Law Review 1413 (2014) (with Frank Pasquale). [Full Text]

The Scored Society: Due Process for Automated Predictions, 89 Washington Law Review 1 (2014) (with Frank Pasquale). [Full Text]

Criminalizing Revenge Porn, 49 Wake Forest Law Review 345 (2014) (with Mary Anne Franks). [Full Text]

The Right to Quantitative Privacy, 98 Minnesota Law Review 62 (2013) (with David Gray). [Full Text]

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) (with David Gray). [Full Text]

Fighting Cybercrime After United States v. Jones, 103 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 745 (2013) (with David Gray and Liz Clark Rinehart). [Full Text]

Addressing the Harm of Total Surveillance: A Reply to Professor Neil Richards, 126 Harvard Law Review Forum 262 (2013) (with David Gray). [Full Text]

Mainstreaming Privacy Torts, 98 California Law Review 1805 (2011). [Full Text]

Intermediaries and Hate Speech: Fostering Digital Citizenship for the Information Age, 91 Boston University Law Review 1435 (2011) (with Helen Norton). [Full Text]

Network Accountability for the Domestic Intelligence Apparatus, 62 Hastings Law Journal 1441 (2011) (with Frank Pasquale). [Full Text]

Government Speech 2.0, 88 Denver University Law Review 899 (2010) (with Helen Norton). [Full Text]

Cyber Civil Rights: Looking Forward, 87 Denver University Law Review Online 1 (2010). [Full Text]

Book Review, Visionary Pragmatism and the Value of Privacy in the Twenty-First Century, 108 Michigan Law Review 1107 (2010) (reviewing Daniel J. Solove, Understanding Privacy (2008)) (with Leslie Meltzer Henry). [Full Text]

Fulfilling Government 2.0's Promise with Robust Privacy Protection, 78 George Washington Law Review 822 (2010). [Full Text]

Law's Expressive Value in Combating Cyber Gender Harassment, 108 Michigan Law Review 373 (2009). [Full Text]

Cyber Civil Rights, 89 Boston University Law Review 61 (2009). [Full Text]

Technological Due Process, 85 Washington University Law Review 1249 (2008). [Full Text]

Open Code Governance, 16 University of Chicago Legal Forum 355 (2008). [Full Text]

Reservoirs of Danger: The Evolution of Public and Private Law at the Dawn of the Information Age, 80 Southern California Law Review 241 (2007). [Full Text]

Minimum Contacts in a Borderless World: Voice over Internet Protocol and the Coming Implosion of Personal Jurisdiction Theory, 39 University of California Davis Law Review 101 (2006). [Full Text]

Recent News featuring Danielle Citron

March 22, 2017

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article Jury Rules on GIF as a Deadly Weapon which appeared on vr-zone.com

March 22, 2017

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article US grand jury decides that a GIF counts as a deadly weapon in Twitter seizure case as in appeared in The Verge and Pc Pro.

March 22, 2017

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article Tweet that sent journalist Kurt Eichenwald into seizure considered 'deadly weapon' in indictment which appeared in The Washington Post Online.

March 21, 2017

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article A Court Will Decide if a GIF Can Be Considered a 'Deadly Weapon' which appeared in Vice Magazine - Online.

March 21, 2017

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article Texas grand jury says a GIF is a "deadly weapon" which appeared on NBC News Online and WMGT-TV Online.

March 21, 2017

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article The long, weird history of companies that put your life online which appeared in The Verge.

March 19, 2017

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article Seizure-inducing tweet leads to a new kind of prosecution for a new era which appeared on Chicago Tribune Online and The Miami Herald Online.

March 14, 2017

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article It's Time for Facebook to Deal With The Grimy History of Revenge Porn which appeared in Wired Online.

March 10, 2017

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article Called for Jury Duty? That Facebook Rant Is Fair Game which appeared in Bloomberg BNA.

March 10, 2017

Professor Danielle Citron joined other guests on NPR's 1A podcast to discuss revenge porn Sex Crimes in Cyberspace .

March 2, 2017

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article Twitter to police abuse in major shift which appeared in Arizona Republic Online, El Paso Times Online, Poughkeepsie Journal Online, Statesman Journal Online, Observer & Eccentric Newspapers Online, Battle Creek Enquirer Online, San Angelo Standard-Times Online, Marion Star Online and Stevens Point Journal Online.

March 1, 2017

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article Twitter Launches Fresh Anti-Harassment Tools which appeared on Associations Now Online.

March 1, 2017

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article Twitter beefs up anti-abuse controls. What's changed? which appeared on The Christian Science Monitor Online.

March 1, 2017

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article Twitter Rolls Out Even More "Anti-Abuse' Features which appeared on Breitbart.

January 21, 2017

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article How artificial intelligence can be corrupted to repress free speech which appeared on the AIVAnet.com and engadget.com

January 19, 2017

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article Mississippi Attorney General Sues Google Over Student-Data Privacy which appeared on Education Week Online.

January 19, 2017

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article How Family Tree Now Makes Stalking Easy which appeared in The Huffington Post.

January 9, 2017

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article Social media misery: The nasty stuff athletes hear and how they fight back which appeared in Excelle Sports.

December 21, 2016

Professor Danielle Citron was mentioned in the article Game developer Brianna Wu plans to run for Congress which appeared in The Daily Dot.

December 19, 2016

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article 1 in 25 Americans has faced or been threatened with 'revenge porn' which appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Online.

December 17, 2016

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article 1 in 25 Americans threatened with 'revenge porn' was quoted in the Daily Herald - Cook County Online.

December 16, 2016

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in an abstract Citron & Solove on Data Breach Harms which appeared on the Legal Theory Blog.

December 14, 2016

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article Legal Realities of Fake News and Its Consequences which appeared in the Washington Lawyer and Public Now.

December 13, 2016

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article 1 in 25 Americans has faced or been threatened with 'revenge porn' which appeared in The Washington Post and Standard Examiner Online.

December 13, 2016

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article How Do You Solve a Problem Like Pizzagate? which appeared in the New York Online.

December 12, 2016

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article Trump: Cyber bully-in-chief which appeared in The Hill Online.

November 29, 2016

Professor Danielle Citron was quoted in the article The Attorney Fighting Revenge Porn which appeared on the newyorker.com

October 19, 2016

Professor Danielle Citron was mentioned in the article ADL pegs spike in online harassment of reporters to Trump followers which appeared on jewishva.org

October 19, 2016

Professor Danielle Citron was mentioned in the article ADL Task Force Issues Report Detailing Widespread Anti-Semitic Harassment of Journalists on Twitter During 2016 Campaign which appeared on prnewswire.com



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