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Danielle Citron

Lois K. Macht Research Professor & Professor of Law

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Danielle Citron

Danielle Citron

Danielle Citron has become a national advocate against and a leading expert on online stalking and online harassment.

Citron, Lois K. Macht Research Professor and law professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, also has worked with companies, nonprofits, lawmakers and now the attorney general of California on legislating the issue within the confines of the First Amendment.

She also has worked with companies themselves in Silicon Valley on how they can help to curb the use of their platforms to host and spread abusive content.

“The idea is to get the word out,” said Citron, who began writing on the subject seven years ago and published her first book in 2014.

The book — “Hate Crimes in Cyberspace” — was published by Harvard University Press to rave reviews. Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar nominated her book as one of the top 20 “Best Moments for Women” in 2014.

“We’re seeing real progress,” she said. “We’re finally paying attention.”

Fifteen states now have criminalized online sexual harassment, including Maryland. Citron was a leading voice supporting legislation in the Maryland General Assembly.

In addition to national speaking engagements, Citron also visits schools in Maryland to talk to students early on about revenge pornography.

“I love being a part of the community,” she said.