Danielle Citron

Danielle K. Citron

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Schenck Distinguished Professor in Law
Caddell and Chapman Professor of Law
Director, LawTech Center
(434) 982-2083

Danielle Citron is the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Schenck Distinguished Professor in Law and Caddell and Chapman Professor of Law at UVA, where she writes and teaches about privacy, free expression and civil rights. Her scholarship and advocacy have been recognized nationally and internationally. In 2019, Citron was named a MacArthur Fellow based on her work on cyberstalking and intimate privacy. In 2024, she received the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Privacy Leadership Award and in 2015, the United Kingdom’s Prospect Magazine named her one of the Top 50 World Thinkers. In 2021, she was named the inaugural director of the school’s LawTech Center, which focuses on pressing questions in law and technology.

Her latest book, “The Fight for Privacy: Protecting Dignity, Identity, and Love in the Digital Age” (W.W. Norton and Penguin Vintage UK), was published in October 2022 and has been featured and excerpted in The New Yorker, Wired, Fortune, Library Journal, Guardian (UK), Prospect Magazine (UK) and The Times (UK). Amazon named her book in the Top 100 books of 2022. Her first book, “Hate Crimes in Cyberspace” (Harvard University Press, 2014), was widely praised in published reviews and named one of the 20 Best Moments for Women in 2014 by the editors of Cosmopolitan magazine. She has published more than 60 articles and essays, including in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Michigan Law Review, California Law Review, Boston University Law Review and Virginia Law Review, among others. Her scholarship has won professional awards from the International Association of Privacy Professionals and privacy think tank Future of Privacy, and been cited by state and federal courts. She has written more than 50 opinion pieces for major media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the Guardian, Time, CNN and Slate.

For the past decade, Citron has worked with lawmakers, law enforcement and tech companies to combat online abuse and to protect intimate privacy. She serves as an adviser to the White House Gender Policy Council. In June 2019, she testified before Congress about the national security and privacy risks of deepfakes. She has been involved in reform efforts around the regulation of online platforms. In October 2019, she testified before Congress about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. From 2014 to 2016, Citron served as an advisor to then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris and as a member of Harris’ Task Force to Combat Cyber Exploitation and Violence Against Women. In 2011, Citron testified about misogynistic cyber hate speech before the Inter-Parliamentary Committee on Anti-Semitism at the House of Commons in the United Kingdom. Since 2011, she has been a member of Facebook’s Non-Consensual Intimate Imagery Task Force. She served as an adviser to Twitter from 2009-2022, as an adviser and member of Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council from 2016-2022, and as an adviser to the video-sharing platform TikTok from 2020-23. She is an adviser to the music-streaming service Spotify.

Citron is the vice president of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit devoted to fighting for civil rights and liberties in the digital age founded in 2013 and named after her article “Cyber Civil Rights.” She serves on the board of directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Future of Privacy, as well as on the Advisory Board of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Technology and Society and the Center on Investigative Journalism. In 2020, she received a $75,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to study the salutary impact of intimate privacy laws on victims, a project that she is co-leading with Canadian academic Jon Penney.

Citron is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. As a member of the American Law Institute, she serves as an adviser to the Restatement Third, Information Privacy Principles Project and Restatement (Third) Torts: Defamation and Privacy. She is an affiliate scholar at the Yale Information Society Project and NYU’s Policing Project. 

Citron has appeared on film and television (HBO’s “Vice News,” HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” Hulu’s “The Weekly” and “Ashley Madison Diaries,” “Netizens” and HBO’s “Swiped”); quoted in hundreds of news articles, interviewed on National Public Radio; appeared on podcasts for The New York Times, Slate, Lawfare, The Guardian and The Boston Globe; and given a TED talk, “How Deepfakes Undermine Truth and Democracy,” at the 2019 TED Global Summit. Her TED talk has been viewed more than 3.5 million times. She has given more than 400 talks at major universities, federal and state agencies, the National Holocaust Museum, the Wikimedia Foundation, the National Association of Attorneys General, and think tanks.

Before joining UVA Law, Citron taught at Boston University School of Law and the University of Maryland School of Law. She has been a visiting professor at Fordham Law School and George Washington Law School. In 2016, she was a Dean’s Distinguished Visitor at Washington University School of Law and an interdisciplinary studies fellow at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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