Experts

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

On the evening of October 11, Danielle Keats Citron, senior faculty fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, took the stage in the Swanson Case room at the downtown library to speak about her latest book, 'The Fight for Privacy: Protecting Dignity, Identity, and Love in the Digital Age.'
Danielle K. Citron C-VILLE Weekly
In this interview with Danielle Citron, a faculty senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, she talks about her new book on the fight for data privacy, the personal dossiers that brokers build on us and how, post-Roe v. Wade, women’s data in the US may be weaponised.
Danielle Citron The Guardian
Danielle Citron is Faculty Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center and Jefferson Scholars Foundation Schenck Distinguished Professor in Law. She writes, "we need lawmakers to treat the constellation of intimate privacy violations—such as stalkerware, sextortion, doxing, and nonconsensual disclosure of intimate data—as a single problem. We need a civil right to intimate privacy."
Danielle Citron Slate
"We need to treat intimate privacy as a civil right," writes Danielle Citron, Faculty Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center and Jefferson Scholars Foundation Schenck Distinguished Professor in Law. "Civil rights are legal and moral rights whose protection is essential for human beings to flourish, enjoy respect, and feel that they belong."
Danielle Citron Slate
Ten years ago, the world watched as young people with mobile phones overthrew dictatorships in Egypt and Tunisia. Those heady days launched a period of idealization of American digital technology—specifically social media—and its potential to empower democratic movements around the world. Fast forward five years, and the world learned a different story: Social and digital media was used to amplify nativism, authoritarianism, racism, and religious intolerance. Now, in 2022, leaders in policy, academia, and industry are reexamining their assumptions about these platforms and their effects.
Danielle K. Citron Miller Center Presents
Comstock was joined by U.S. Sen. Mark Warner as panelists for “Social Media vs. Democracy,” a Democracy Dialogues series event produced by UVA’s Karsh Institute of Democracy and co-sponsored by UVA’s Miller Center of Public Affairs. UVA law professor Danielle Citron, one of the foremost experts on digital privacy, and media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of “Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy,” were the event’s moderators. UVA President Jim Ryan provided opening remarks.
Danielle K. Citron UVA Today