We provide guides, toolkits, and other resources to build tech policy capacity and fluency within policymakers and technologists in academia, government, industry, and elsewhere.
The Tech Policy Lab’s Global Summit initiative, which began in 2016, is a convening of approximately 20-30 thought leaders from around the world representing governance, policy, and technology. The Summit, held biennially, aims to frame and begin progress on pressing grand challenges for tech policy, providing opportunities for designers, ethicists, lawyers, policymakers, technologists, and others from around the world to collaborate on global and local issues.
In our tech policy breakdowns project, the Lab is leveraging our developing understanding of the commonalities in tech policy breakdowns to aid in the crafting of robust and appropriate regulations for emerging technologies. By identifying historical pitfalls and prospective points of failure, we seek to provide policymakers with tools and resources that lead to effective and relevant technology policy.
All too often, policy development for emerging technology neglects under-represented populations. In response to this challenge, the UW Tech Policy Lab developed the Diverse Voices method in 2015. The method uses short, targeted conversations about emerging technology with experiential experts from under-represented groups to provide feedback on draft tech policy documents. This process works to increase the likelihood that the language in the finalized tech policy document addresses the perspectives and circumstances of broader groups of people – ideally averting injustice and exclusion.
New Research: Diverse Voices
New research with our Diverse Voices project, “Toward Inclusive Tech Policy Design: A Method for Underrepresented Voices to Strengthen Tech Policy Documents” published in Ethics and Information Technology, reports on two case studies demonstrating the Diverse Voices method: one with a white paper on augmented reality technology, and the other with a strategy document on automated driving vehicle technologies.More
New Research: What Pushes Back From Considering Materiality In IT?
An interdisciplinary team of computer scientists, information scientists, and planners explores the invisible environmental impacts of digital technologies in What Pushes Back from Considering Materiality in IT? Read the full essay here. This essay was presented at ACM LIMITS 2018.More