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The rapid, precipitous decline of every digital service we depend on isn’t a coincidence. It’s the result of specific known, policy choices made by specific, named individuals. We can reverse those decisions (and we can determine what sized pitchfork those individuals wear). Enshittification wasn’t inevitable: it was the foreseeable outcome of a plan to encourage […]

As consumer credit has become increasingly central to the economy, levels of poverty and inequality have also risen. These trends are not unrelated but partly causal of each other: poverty and inequality begot credit, and credit begot inequality and poverty. This talk will explore the less-theorized role of advances in information technology and resulting changes […]

Barry Friedman serves as the Faculty Director of the Policing Project at New York University School of Law, where he is the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law and Affiliated Professor of Politics. The Policing Project is dedicated to strengthening policing through ordinary democratic processes; it drafts best practices and policies for policing agencies, including […]

POSTPONED – Event may be rescheduled. Join the Tech Policy Lab for a talk with Deborah Morgan from the University of Bath. Her talk will be titled “Anticipatory regulatory processes and AI systems.” Anticipatory regulatory processes can be defined as ‘a set of techniques and principles to help regulators be more proactive, coordinated and democratic […]

On Thursday, May 13 at 4 p.m. PDT, the University of Washington’s Tech Policy Lab and Center for an Informed Public will co-host a virtual book talk featuring Kate Crawford, a leading scholar of the social implications of artificial intelligence and author of the recently published book, Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary […]

An Introduction to Space Law Over the last years, New Space activities seem to be redefining the rules of space exploration and utilization. The brilliant success of SpaceX Dragon capsule’s launch a couple of weeks ago perfectly illustrates the growing influence of private companies on this sector. But who owns space? Are there some laws […]

Join the Tech Policy Lab for a book talk on “Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech” with Cyrus Farivar. Show me the data! Until the 21st century, just about all of our activities were private by default, public through effort; today anything that touches digital space has the potential (and likelihood) to […]

The Tech Policy Lab is hosting Shari Steele for a talk about Tor. Shari Steele is the current Executive Director of the Tor Project and recent past Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The event will take place at the University of Washington in William H. Gates Hall room 119, Wednesday, April 27 starting […]