February 13, 2019

Co-Director Batya Friedman inducted into the CHI Academy

UW iSchool

"Three University of Washington professors, including two from the Information School, have been inducted into the CHI Academy – recognized as the highest honor in the field of human-computer interaction."

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February 5, 2019

Data Statements for NLP: Toward Mitigating System Bias and Enabling Better Science

New Research

In research published in Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics, experts in information science and computational linguistics propose data statements as a design solution and professional practice for natural language processing technologists to help mitigate issues related to exclusion and bias. 

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January 9, 2019

Join the New Diverse Voices Mailing List!

We’ve started a new mailing list for our Diverse Voices project, DiverseVoices@uw.edu. Through this mailing list you will be able to connect with others interested in the Diverse Voices method, ask questions, and receive information on additional resources. To join the mailing list, go to https://mailman11.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/diversevoices. Through the mailing list, you will have access to: • Q&A. We […]

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October 16, 2018

New Research on Adversarial Machine Learning

Last fall, a team of researchers with the Lab’s Ivan Evtimov, Earlence Fernandes, and Co-Director Yoshi Kohno shared research on ArXiv showing that malicious alterations to real world objects could cause devices to “misread” the image. Specifically, the team tricked an object classifier, like those present in self-driving cars, into misidentifying a stop sign as a […]

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October 3, 2018

Lab Team Pens Op-Ed on Regulating Bot Speech

BuzzFeed News

Co-Director Ryan Calo and Fellow Madeline Lamo discuss bot disclosure laws in an op-ed published by BuzzFeed News.

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Global Summit: Towards Culturally Responsive Artificial Intelligence

In August of 2018, the Tech Policy Lab held our second Global Summit on Grand Challenges for Tech Policy, focusing on culturally responsive artificial intelligence (AI). The Summit, convened at the University of Washington, brought together a global network of experts in ethics, political science, art, policy, and technology from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America.

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June 22, 2018

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?  There are significant negative impacts from extracting, processing, maintaining, and ultimately disposing of the materials used to support information technology, as well as of producing the energy it uses, […]

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December 11, 2017

Robust Physical-World Attacks on Machine Learning Modules

Could graffiti convey a hidden message to your car? Or cause a robot to do something unexpected? Cars and robots, as well as other devices, are more frequently relying on images of their surroundings to make decisions. New research explores the possibility that malicious alterations to real world objects, like the road sign above, could […]

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November 21, 2017

Privacy in Online Dating

How do you manage your privacy in online dating? Chances are that if you use online dating or have considered using it, this is an issue you’ve given some thought. And you wouldn’t be alone, as privacy issues in online dating have appeared in the media—two summers ago, during the Rio Olympics, privacy in online […]

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October 19, 2017

Tech Policy Lab Joins Partnership on Artificial Intelligence

TPL News

The Tech Policy Lab is delighted to be joining the Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society, a non-profit organization charged with exploring and developing best practices for AI. The Lab, which aims to position policymakers, broadly defined, to make wiser and more inclusive tech policy, joins a diverse range of voices from academia, industry […]

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