The Tech Policy Lab is a unique, interdisciplinary collaboration at the University of Washington that aims to enhance technology policy through research, education, and thought leadership. Founded in 2013 by faculty from the University’s Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, Information School, and School of Law, the Lab aims to bridge the gap between technologists and policymakers and to help generate wiser, more inclusive tech policy.
M. Ryan Calo is the Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Law and formerly a director at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society (CIS). Ryan researches the intersection of law and emerging technology, with an emphasis on robotics and the Internet.
Batya Friedman is a Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington where she co-directs the Value Sensitive Design Research Lab. Batya's research develops theory, methods, and toolkits for foregrounding human values in the design of new technologies, most recently with an emphasis on systems that will unfold over longer timeframes on the order of 100 years.
Emily M. Bender is a Professor of Linguistics and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and the University of Washington. She is the founding Faculty Director of the Professional Masters in Computational Linguistics (CLMS) program. Her research interests include computational semantics (representing human language meaning in machine-readable form), multilingual natural language processing, and technology for assisting in the documentation of endangered languages.
Howard Jay Chizeck is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington where he co-directs the Biorobotics Laboratory. He is also a faculty member in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. His research interests are in telerobotics and neural engineering, including haptic navigation and control for robotic surgery and for underwater devices, as well as security of telerobotic systems and the design and security of brain-machine interfaces.
David G. Hendry is associate professor at The Information School, University of Washington, where he teaches courses in human-computer interaction, information system design, and foundations of information science. He investigates tools, practices, and systems that create the conditions for sustainable, inclusive participation in the design of information systems.
Franziska (Franzi) Roesner is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Franzi is broadly interested in issues related to computer security and privacy, particularly designing and building systems that address security and privacy challenges faced by end users of existing and emerging technologies.
Jan Whittington is an Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Planning and the director of the Urban Infrastructure Lab at the University of Washington. She studies the economics of the Internet and related physical infrastructures as platforms for the exchange of information, with effects on public trust, public services, private markets, privacy, and cybersecurity.
Jennifer Aronson is a J.D. Candidate at the University of Washington School of Law. Prior to law school, Jennifer worked at a research institute at the University of Texas Austin studying issues affecting military families, such as telehealth services in underserved rural areas and technology-assisted cognitive training. She is interested in free speech and fourth amendment issues within privacy law, ethics in technology, and data science for social good.
Stephanie is a Ph.D. student at the UW Information School. Her research is in the area of emerging technologies and technology policy. In particular, Stephanie is interested in the design of data intensive tools and corresponding regulation.
Ivan Evtimov is a PhD student in the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. As a member of the Security and Privacy Lab, he studies the security of machine learning algorithms. In particular, Ivan is interested in how deep neural networks applied in the real world might fail if their inputs are modified in unexpected or malicious ways and in the policy implications of such threats.
Kiron Lebeck is a Ph.D. student in the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. He is broadly interested in emerging consumer technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, with an eye towards the security and privacy challenges they present.
Nick Logler is a PhD student in the Information School. He works in the value sensitive design lab exploring the spaces between our ability to build technical systems and our ability to think ethically about them. His own research is investigates how people are affected by experiences of designing, building, and making using different creative technologies.
Peter Ney is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science & Engineering. He is a member of the Security and Privacy Lab, where he works to measure surveillance and build secure systems that enhance user privacy. He is also interested in studying the privacy impacts of machine learning and biosecurity.
Audrey is an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University, studying Women’s and Gender Studies, Anthropology, and Political Theory. In particular, she is interested in humanoid robotics and the interplay between identity and technology in a modern world. Following her graduation, she hopes to attend law school and eventually pursue a career in academia.
Rian is a PhD Candidate in the Communication Department studying Science, Technology, and Society. She is researching the ramifications of the rise of AI/ML in the agricultural sector. She focuses on policy, regulatory, and design efforts to ensure that programmatic platforms are implemented in ethical, sustainable, and transparent ways.
Hayley Younghusband is a Research Assistant at the Tech Policy Lab. She is an undergraduate student at the UW with an intended major in Computer Science.
The Tech Policy Lab receives support from the following organizations, including a generous founding gift from Microsoft in 2013.
City of Seattle
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Rose Foundation Consumer Privacy Rights Fund
Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Pierre and Pamela Omidyar Fund