Board of Directors

Danielle Citron, J.D.

Vice President, Secretary

Danielle Citron is a professor of law at the Boston University School of Law, where she teaches and writes about information privacy, free expression, and civil rights. Professor Citron was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2019 based on her work on cyber stalking and sexual privacy. Professor Citron previously taught for fifteen years at the University of Maryland School of Law.

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.  She has published more than 40 law review articles in outlets such as Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Texas Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and more.  Her opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Lawfare, CNN, and the Guardian.

Danielle 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 Electronic Privacy Information Center and now sits on its Board. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Future of Privacy 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.

A professional highlight has involved coauthoring with CCRI’s President Mary Anne Franks—their piece Criminalizing Revenge Porn in the Wake Forest Law Review was the first to tackle the problem. Most recently, Citron and Franks have written for the Harvard Law Review blog.

Hany Farid, Ph.D.

Board Member

Farid is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and the School of Information. His research focuses on digital forensics, image analysis, and human perception. He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Rochester in 1989, his M.S. in Computer Science from SUNY Albany, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. Following a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, he joined the faculty at Dartmouth College in 1999 where he remained until 2019. He is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Mary Anne Franks, J.D., D.Phil

President, Legislative & Tech Policy Director

Dr. Mary Anne Franks, J.D., D.Phil., is a professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law. Her areas of expertise include First Amendment law, Second Amendment law, privacy, cyberlaw, and criminal law and procedure. Dr. Franks is also an Affiliate Fellow of the Yale Law School Information Society Project (ISP). In 2013, Dr. Franks drafted the first model criminal statute on nonconsensual pornography (aka “revenge porn”), which has been used as the template for multiple state laws and for pending federal legislation on the issue. She served as the reporter for the Uniform Law Commission’s 2018 Uniform Civil Remedies for the Unauthorized Disclosure of Intimate Images Act, and regularly advises legislators and tech industry leaders, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter, on issues relating to online privacy, extortion, harassment, and threats.

Dr. Franks is the author of The Cult of the Constitution: Our Deadly Devotion to Guns and Free Speech (Stanford Press, 2019). Her scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, California Law Review, and UCLA Law Review, among others. Dr. Franks holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School along with a doctorate and master’s degrees from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Dr. Franks previously taught at the University of Chicago Law School as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law and at Harvard University as a lecturer in social studies and philosophy.

Professor Franks’ CV can be viewed here. Please contact Professor Franks if you are a legislator interested in drafting a bill in your jurisdiction.

Holly Jacobs, Ph.D.

Founder, Board Member

Dr. Holly Jacobs is the founder of Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, and has previously served as the organization’s President and Executive Director.  She has a BA from Boston College in Psychology, and an MS and PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Florida International University.  While obtaining her PhD, Dr. Jacobs served as a statistical consultant for three and a half years, advising clients on the set-up, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of their research.  Her dissertation assessed the effects that job features and personal characteristics have on work engagement through the psychological conditions of meaningfulness, safety, and availability.

While pursuing her graduate degrees, Dr. Jacobs became a victim of revenge porn when explicit photos and a video of her were distributed all over the Internet.  After several failed attempts to receive help from law enforcement, and discovering that there were very little resources for victims like herself, she launched the End Revenge Porn (ERP) campaign in August 2012. Through ERP, she and her colleagues provided support to thousands of other victims like herself, brought global attention to this issue, and advocated for legislation that would criminalize this behavior.  A year after ERP’s launch, Dr. Jacobs started its parent organization CCRI, whose mission is to provide resources and advocacy for victims of online harassment.

Dr. Jacobs has written articles about her experience as a victim and work as an advocate. She has also been interviewed on the Today Show, Katie Couric, Fox News, CNN, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC, and appeared in The New York Times, The New York Observer, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, The Verge, New York Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Grazia magazine. In 2018, Dr. Jacobs was selected as one of ten 2018 Women of Worth by L’Oréal Paris.

Safiya Noble, Ph.D.

Board Member

Dr. Safiya Noble is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the Department of Information Studies where she serves as the Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, and holds appointments in African American Studies and Gender Studies. She was recently appointed a Research Associate to the Oxford Internet Institute and is a Commissioner for the Oxford Commission on AI and Good Governance convened at the University of Oxford. 

Professor Noble is the author of a best-selling book on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines, entitled  Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. She is the  recipient of a Hellman Fellowship and the UCLA Early Career Award, and her academic research focuses on the design of digital media and their impact on society. She is regularly quoted for her expertise on issues of algorithmic discrimination and technology bias by national and international press including The Guardian, the BBC, CNN InternationalUSA TodayWired, Time, Full Frontal with Samantha BeeThe New York Times, to name a few. Safiya is an editorial board member of several academic journals and advisory boards and holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Fresno. Her work is both sociological and interdisciplinary, marking the ways that digital technology  and AI intersects with issues of race, gender, culture, and power. 

Ari Ezra Waldman, J.D., Ph.D.

Board Member

Ari Ezra Waldman is a professor of law and founding director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School (NYLS). During the 2019-2020 academic year, he is the Microsoft Visiting Professor at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is also an affiliate fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. Ari’s research focuses relationship between technology, law, and power, publishing extensively on information privacy, law and society, and the LGBTQ community. His scholarship has appeared in leading law reviews and peer reviewed journals, including the Washington University Law Review (twice), the UC Urvine Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, and the Iowa Law Review, among others. And he is the author of Privacy as Trust: Information Privacy in an Information Age (Cambridge University Press 2018), which argues that privacy law should protect information disclosed to others in contexts of trust. Professor Waldman has received numerous awards for his scholarship. He has twice won the Best Paper Award at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference (in 2017 and 2019). He has also won the 2018 Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award and the 2019 and 2016 Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Awards.

In 2016, Ari founded the Institute for CyberSafety and the Cyberharassment Clinic at NYLS. The Institute is a locus of faculty-student research on online safety, content moderation, speech, privacy, and cyberharassment, and the Cyberharassment Clinic is a first-of-its-kind law school clinic providing free counsel to victims of online harassment and advising policymakers on how to protect internet users from hate, invasions of privacy, and harassment. Professor Waldman also advises legislators drafting privacy legislation and consults with a variety of industry leaders navigating the international privacy law landscape.

He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College. You can view his website and follow him on Twitter.

Jason Walta, J.D.



Jason Walta, J.D. is Deputy General Counsel at the National Education Association in Washington D.C., where he specializes in constitutional litigation, civil rights, and nonprofit law. Earlier in his career, Jason was an appellate lawyer for the federal government, an adjunct law professor, an associate in a boutique law firm, and a law clerk for two federal judges. He received his undergraduate degree in Sociology from Wesleyan University in 1995 and his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in 1999.