Danielle K. Citron

Fast Facts

  • Vice president, Cyber Civil Rights Initiative
  • 2019 MacArthur Fellow based on her work on cyber stalking and sexual privacy
  • Board member, Electronic Privacy Information Center
  • Expertise on privacyFirst Amendment, feminism and the law, civil rights

Areas Of Expertise

  • Domestic Affairs
  • Human Rights and Civil Rights
  • Law and Justice
  • Media and the Press
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Issues

Danielle K. Citron is the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Schenck Distinguished Professor in Law at the University of Virginia School of Law and vice president of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative. Citron was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2019 based on her work on cyber stalking and sexual privacy.

Her book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace (Harvard University Press) was named one of the “20 Best Moments for Women in 2014” by Cosmopolitan magazine. Her current book project concerns sexual privacy (forthcoming W.W. Norton, Penguin Vintage UK). She has published more than 40 law review articles in outlets including Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Texas Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Boston University Law Review, and Washington University Law Review. Her opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Lawfare, CNN, and the Guardian.

Her latest book is The Fight for Privacy: Protecting Dignity, Identity, and Love in the Digital Age.

Citron previously taught at the Boston University School of Law, and for 15 years at the University of Maryland School of Law. She is an affiliate scholar at the Stanford Center on Internet and Society, Yale Information Society Project, and NYU’s Policing Project. She served as chair of the board of directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and now sits on its board. She serves on the board of directors of the Future of Privacy think tank and on the advisory boards of ADL’s Center for Technology and Society and Teach Privacy. She works closely with Twitter and Facebook as well as federal and state lawmakers on issues of online safety, privacy, and free speech.

Danielle K. Citron News Feed

For 24 hours a day, seven days a week, American public-school students are being watched and tracked online, according to a new law review article by Danielle K. Citron, a University of Virginia School of Law professor who writes and teaches about privacy, free expression and civil rights.
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“This capability makes it possible to create audio and video of real people saying and doing things they never said or did,” wrote UVA cyber privacy expert Danielle Citron in the foreword to a 2019 paper she wrote with Robert Chesney of the University of Texas Law School.
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Artificial intelligence has entered politics, with candidates sharing artificial intelligence-generated images and audio of opponents. Some videos have depicted fabricated futures, and other deepfakes have played words that have never been spoken. Danielle Citron, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, joined CBS News to discuss how AI is changing the political landscape.
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As technology winds its way into our lives, our privacy is up for grabs, says Danielle Keats Citron, a MacArthur Fellow and distinguished professor of law at the University of Virginia. Citron insists that intimate privacy—concerning our health data, phone images, relationship details, even thoughts—should be recognized as a civil right.
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University of Virginia School of Law professor Danielle Citron, an expert in privacy law who has advanced the idea of intimate privacy as a civil right, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Danielle K. Citron UVA Today
There’s growing concern in Virginia and across the nation about who should have access to the vast amount of private health information compiled on our phones and online. “Your [phone’s] location data ... tells the story of who you love, where you worship, what you're thinking, who you're sleeping with, the doctors you visit, tells the story of your intimate life,” said Danielle Citron, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law.
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