October 31, 2022

Co-Director Warns Innovators of Creating Irresponsible AI and Technology


Co-Director Batya Friedman emphasizes that designers must be aware of the structure, scale and time of their products. She encourages them to utilize value sensitive design methods, and to say no to harmful technology solutions. In an article about her talk at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Friedman encourages innovators to consider […]


October 20, 2022

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

FastCompany, CNN, Washington Post, WSJ, NBC News

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 […]


July 8, 2022

TPL Security Cards Cited as High Quality Threat Model


The Tech Policy Lab’s “Security Cards” methodology was cited by an article in Splunk as a high-quality threat model. The Security Cards were developed in 2013 to help identity computer system threats by asking probing questions around four dimensions: adversary’s motives, adversary’s resources, adversary’s methods, and human impact. The article praised Security Cards for their […]


July 1, 2022

Co-Director on Privacy in wake of Dobbs Decision

USA Today

A new article in USA Today examines Google’s announcement that it will automatically delete location data for visits to “particularly personal” medical facilities, including abortion clinics. The policy comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs, which has raised new fears that personal data may be used by authorities in states where […]