February 13, 2014

Spotlight on Tech Policy Lab Scholar Bryce Newell

The Tech Policy Lab is lucky enough to host half a dozen wonderful student scholars from four departments across campus.  Today we wanted to highlight the work of Bryce Clayton Newell , a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Washington’s Information School.  Bryce’s research focuses on the use of emerging technology by law enforcement and […]


January 27, 2014

Recent FDA Medical Device Regulation and Its Relevance to Robotics

(Photo Credit AmSurg) 2014 seems poised to be the year of the robot, and some of the most exciting robotic applications appear in medicine.  Regulation can hinder or facilitate innovation in medical robotics.  The giant umbrella that is digital health – which includes telehealth systems, mobile health applications and devices, sensor-based technologies, big data and […]


November 20, 2013

Security the Scariest Part About the Internet of Things – Director Kohno quoted by Washington Post

“Very often we see sectors of the broader industry that are not computer  science experts starting to integrate computers into their systems and then start to integrate networks into those systems,” said Kohno. “Because they don’t have experience being attacked by real attackers, like Microsoft and so on, their level of security awareness … appears […]


November 18, 2013

Tech Policy Lab Directors at the FTC Workshop on The Internet of Things

Our Faculty Directors Tadayoshi Kohno and Ryan Calo will be joining the expert panels for the Federal Trade Commission’s “Internet of Things” workshop on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, in Washington, DC. Tadayoshi Kohno Panel 3: Connected Cars This panel will look at the emergence of smart cars, exploring the different technologies involved with connected cars, […]


November 17, 2013

When Apps Attack – Director Calo contributes to Forbes.com

(photo credit Johan Larsson) My colleague Yoshi told me an interesting story the other day.  He looked down at his smart phone to find a large spider running across it.  Understandably, my colleague dropped the phone in surprise.  The screen on the phone cracked when it hit the floor. It turns out there was no […]


November 16, 2013

Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill Visits the Lab

The Tech Policy Lab was honored to host Commissioner Julie Brill of the Federal Trade Commission at the University of Washington, School of Law on November 13. Commissioner Brill met with students and faculty to discuss her career in public service and current issues in digital privacy. Below are her answers to some questions discussed […]


October 29, 2013

An End to Cookie Tracking? – Prof. Calo quoted by The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is saying "The end could be near for cookies, the tiny pieces of code that marketers deploy on Web browsers to track people's online movements, serve targeted advertising and amass valuable user profiles."


October 25, 2013

Welcome to the New Home of the Tech Policy Lab

Dr. Friedman, Dr. Kohno, and I are delighted to launch this collaboration, aimed at enhancing technology policy through interdisciplinary research. We are three faculty members at the University of Washington that work on privacy, security, integrity, human rights, and other overlapping issues from different perspectives. Together with our students, interns, and managing fellow, we intend […]


October 3, 2013

Tech Policy Lab Co-Directors Quoted in FTC Report on the Internet of Things


In 2013 the FTC hosted a workshop on The Internet of Things: Privacy and Security in a Connected World where Lab Faculty Directors Ryan Calo and Yoshi Kohno participated in panels. The below report includes Co-Director Kohno’s recommendation that security should be designed into every IoT product, at every stage of development, including early on in the design cycle of a technology.


Problematic Advertising Strategy – Ryan Calo featured in The Atlantic

Ryan Calo’s research on Digital Market Manipulation is featured in a new piece by Rebecca Rosen in The Atlantic. “Most of the time, targeted ads are pretty harmless. You searched for a flight to Denver? Here are some hotels in Denver. You looked for new running sneakers? Here are a few options. But a new “study” from marketing […]