Danielle Citron, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law and Lois K. Macht Research Professor, spoke on hate crimes in cyberspace and the legal response to this new area of criminal activity. Citron wrote Hate Crimes in Cyberspace published by Harvard University Press in 2014, to explore the stories of cyberspace victims and Citron’s work finding links between information privacy, civil rights and administrative law.
Citron focuses her lecture on threatening messages, revenge pornography and the debate over first amendment rights when it comes to posting content online. She argues that rape threats and non-consensual nude photos do not create any positive dialogue, stifling free speech in disengaged victims. Citron, who has spoken at over 50 lectures including a talk with the Department of Homeland Security, says there have been recent policy changes by big tech businesses like Facebook, Reddit, Twitter and Google, indicating a shift toward greater privacy and awareness of cybercrimes.
This lecture was recorded on April 5, 2016 in the UMass Amherst Campus Center.