November 28, 2022

Co-Director Comments on Police Robots Using Lethal Force in San Francisco


Co-Director Ryan Calo shares his thoughts with NPR on San Francisco’s recent policy proposal in favor of allowing lethal force for police robots. Although arguing that lethal force-enabled robots may ultimately be safer for both law enforcement and suspects, co-director Calo also points out topics of concern such as police robot liability and the social […]


November 16, 2022

Co-Director co-authors paper on privacy concerns for 3D real estate listings

University of Washington

3D tours on real estate websites allow viewers to view rooms on real estate listings. This technology feature nevertheless comes with privacy risks. Tech Policy Lab Co-Director Yoshi Kohno co-authors a paper on how personal data can be found in the rooms of these listings and how these vulnerabilities can be used against the homeowner […]


November 4, 2022

Co-Director reflects on the long-term view of technology

UW iSchool

Co-Director Batya Friedman tackled the difficult questions in a recent article by the University of Washington’s School of Information: Does it make life better for people, now and in the future? Does it account for human values? Is it something we even need in the first place? Throughout the article, she discusses past work on Value […]


October 20, 2022

Co-Director shares opinion on direction of FTC, Axon AI ethics board, bots, and the accuracy & fairness of AI algorithms

FastCompany, CNN, Washington Post, WSJ

Co-Director Ryan Calo was highlighted in various new articles for his opinions and backgrounds about facets of the technology field. Calo’s tweets are featured in article about direction of FTC Why he and others resigned from Axon’s ai ethics advisory board Relevance, or lack thereof, of bots for Twitter and Musk Interview regarding accuracy and […]


October 10, 2022

Co-Director and Faculty Associate receive National Science Foundation award

Allen School News

TPL Co-Director Yoshi Kohno and faculty associate from the Paul G. Allen school Franziska Roesner recently received an NSF for their work in the Security and Privacy Research Lab. They partnered with colleagues at the University of Florida and Indiana University to provide a framework for moving technology design beyond the default when it comes […]


September 19, 2022

Tech Policy Lab Hosts WeRobot 2022

Seattle Times

From September 14 to 16, the Tech Policy Lab hosted the annual WeRobot conference, attracting more than 170 participants from around the world. The conference began with a 1-day workshop at the Pacific Science Center, followed by 2 days of presentations and other events hosted at the University of Washington’s School of Law. A Seattle […]


September 10, 2022

Co-Director Cited in Article on the Challenges of Global Regulation for Artificial Intelligence


Forbes writes on how the global prevalence of artificial intelligence creates a challenge to developing universal rules for A.I. regulation. Cultural differences–such as the United States’ focus on transparency and non-discrimination or the European Union’s focus on data privacy and fundamental rights–reflect differing national prioritizations for legally regulating key characteristics of A.I. technology. Tech Policy Lab […]


Co-Director on the Fast-evolving Regulatory Landscape for Robots


Both the WeRobot 2022 conference and TPL Co-Director Ryan Calo were recently featured in an article by GeekWire exploring the future of robotics law. The annual WeRobot conference, which will be hosted by the Tech Policy Lab this year, attracts scholars and technologists from around the world to discuss the latest legal and policy questions […]


September 3, 2022

Tech Policy Lab Cited as Part of UW Law’s Technology Strategy

University of Washington School of Law

An overview of University of Washington School of Law’s efforts to grow in the tech industry makes reference to the specialized work the Tech Policy Lab contributes toward inclusive tech policy.


July 30, 2022

Co-Director on Robots and Safety


After a chess-playing robot broke a seven-year old boy’s finger at the Moscow Open chess tournament this week, an NPR article questioned whether robots might soon pose a imminent danger to humans. However, TPL Co-Director Ryan Calo was skeptical that the Moscow incident was the result of a robotic grudge, telling NPR, “I think the […]


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