I'm Danielle Citron, privacy law & civil rights expert focusing on deep fakes, disinformation, cyber stalking, sexual privacy, free speech, and automated systems. AMA about cyberspace abuses including hate crimes, revenge porn & more.
I am Danielle Citron, professor at Boston University School of Law, 2019 MacArthur Fellow, and author of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace. I am an internationally recognized privacy expert, advising federal and state legislators, law enforcement, and international lawmakers on privacy issues. I specialize in cyberspace abuses, information and sexual privacy, and the privacy and national security challenges of deepfakes. Deepfakes are hard to detect, highly realistic videos and audio clips that make people appear to say and do things they never did, which go viral. In June 2019, I testified at the House Intelligence Committee hearing on deepfakes and other forms of disinformation. In October 2019, I testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the responsibilities of online platforms.
Ask me anything about:
- What are deepfakes?
- Who have been victimized by deepfakes?
- How will deepfakes impact us on an individual and societal level – including politics, national security, journalism, social media and our sense/standard/perception of truth and trust?
- How will deepfakes impact the 2020 election cycle?
- What do you find to be the most concerning consequence of deepfakes?
- How can we discern deepfakes from authentic content?
- What does the future look like for combatting cyberbullying/harassment online? What policies/practices need to continue to evolve/change?
- How do public responses to online attacks need to change to build a more supportive and trusting environment?
- What is the most harmful form of cyber abuse? How can we protect ourselves against this?
- What can social media and internet platforms do to stop the spread of disinformation? What should they be obligated to do to address this issue?
- Are there primary targets for online sexual harassment?
- How can we combat cyber sexual exploitation?
- How can we combat cyber stalking?
- Why is internet privacy so important?
- What are best-practices for online safety?
I am the vice president of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit devoted to the protection of civil rights and liberties in the digital age. I also serve on the board of directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and Future of Privacy and on the advisory boards of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Technology and Society and Teach Privacy. In connection with my advocacy work, I advise tech companies on online safety. I serve on Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council and Facebook’s Nonconsensual Intimate Imagery Task Force.