Mary Anne Franks

Mary Anne Franks is an American legal scholar, author, activist, and media commentator. She is a professor of law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar at the University of Miami School of Law, where she teaches family law, criminal law, criminal procedure, and First Amendment law, and she serves as both president and legislative & tech policy director of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative. Her scholarly work focuses on online harassment, free speech, discrimination, and violence. Franks also writes for various news media outlets, including ''The Atlantic'', ''The Guardian'', ''The Independent'', and the ''Daily Dot''. She is a regular contributor to ''The Huffington Post''. As a frequent legal commentator in the media on cyberlaw and criminal law issues, Franks has been quoted in publications such as ''The New York Times'', ''The Wall Street Journal'', ''The Washington Post'', and ''The New Yorker'', and she has appeared on the ''Today'' show, HuffPost Live, and Al Jazeera America. Franks is a co-producer of the 2015 film ''Hot Girls Wanted'', a documentary produced by the actress Rashida Jones that examines the "professional amateur" porn industry.

Franks is noted for her work advocating for legislative, technological, and social reform on the issue of nonconsensual pornography ("revenge porn"). She has been instrumental in drafting recent state legislation against the practice in the United States. She has worked with Congresswoman Jackie Speier on a federal criminal bill, the Intimate Privacy Protection Act (IPPA), which evolved into the ENOUGH Act, and again into the SHIELD Act. The SHIELD Act is now part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021, which the United States House of Representatives passed with bipartisan support in March 2021. Franks also advises major tech companies on their privacy and abuse policies. In 2015, several major tech companies, most notably Google, [ announced] that they would be adding sexually explicit images published without consent to their privacy and removal policies. In 2014, Franks was named one of "The Heroes in the Fight to Save the Internet" by the Daily Dot.

Franks is the author of [ The Cult of the Constitution: Our Deadly Devotion to Guns and Free Speech], which went on to win a gold medal at the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards as well as the 2020 Association of American Publishers PROSE Awards for Legal Studies and Excellence in Social Sciences. Her second book, ''Fearless Speech'', is expected in 2022. Provided by Wikipedia
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    by Franks, Mary Anne, 1977-
    Published 2019