August 5, 2021

Tech Policy Lab named by Forbes as a Leading Social Impact Platform Making a Difference with Digital Potential

Forbes

Forbes listed 20 leading social impact platforms making a difference with digital potential, in which the Tech Policy Lab was included.

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July 13, 2021

Tech Policy Lab in the News

Various

During the 2020-2021 school year, the Tech Policy Lab was in the news with experts quoted in variety of articles on various subjects. Subject matter includes autonomous vehicles, data collection and surveillance, surprise charges, and liability tied to misinformation. Below are some highlights. Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Criminal Liability September 17, 2020, Wired, Why Wasn’t Uber […]

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June 28, 2021

Security robots show few tangible results

NBC News

“It would be difficult to introduce a single thing and it causes crime to go down,” said Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington, comparing the Knightscope robots to a “roving scarecrow.” June 27, 2021, NBC News, Security robots expand across U.S., with few tangible results

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June 26, 2021

Co-Director Tadayoshi Kohno Releases Novella “Our Reality”

UW Allen School News

In this Q & A, TPL Co-Director Tadayoshi Kohno discusses his new science fiction novella Our Reality. Our Reality is set in 2034 and is named for the fictional mixed-reality technology that allows one to go to class, meet up with friends, and get a workout in, all without leaving your bedroom. Kohno explains how […]

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June 8, 2021

Surveillance and Privacy Concerns with Amazon’s new neighborhood wireless network “Sidewalk”

GeekWire

Amazon introduced Sidewalk, a neighborhood wireless network, to boost connection for devices within individual homes. Ryan Calo highlighted that it could possibly extend home surveillance techniques, increase costs, and decrease speed. Amazon has addressed some concerns by utilizing encryption and more user choice. Geekwire For further reading, please see: Amazon Indoor Ring Drone, Privacy October […]

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April 30, 2021

TPL PhD Student Miranda Wei recognized by National Science Foundation

UW Allen School News

Miranda Wei, a second year Ph.D. student in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, was recognized with an honorable mention for her work with professor and TPL Co-Director Tadayoshi Kohno and professor and TPL Faculty Associate Franziska Roesner. Wei’s research focuses on usability of computer security and privacy (S&P).

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April 28, 2021

Calo Takes Note of FTC Warning on Biased AI

The Conversation

In an opinion piece, Co-Director Calo analyzes a FTC blog post which stated that FTC may hold companies accountable for biased AI if companies do not do so themselves, and what the post likely signals. As a researcher who studies law and technology, and a longtime observer of the FTC, the statement caught Calo’s attention. […]

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March 26, 2021

TPL Students Savannah McKinnon and Rian Wanstreet on “Meating the COVID Moment”

UW Law

TPL Students Savannah McKinnon and Rian Wanstreet have recently brought to light the issues in the processing industry with regards to government oversight and technology which call for a changes to laws and policy. As these issues have been exacerbated by the COVID 19 pandemic, the authors presented at the Yale Big Ag and Antitrust […]

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March 23, 2021

Questionable Utility of COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps

Seattle Times

“I have yet to see any convincing evidence that they’re worth it,” said Ryan Calo, a University of Washington law professor who has written critically about the apps for months and testified in front of a congressional committee last April, in an interview with Stateline. “A lot of money, a lot of attention, a lot […]

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March 11, 2021

TPL Associate Faculty and Graduate Student Look In To How Large Computer Language Models Carry Environmental and Social Risks

UW News

TPL Associate Faculty, Emily Bender, a professor in Linguistics, and TPL Graduate Student Angelina McMillan-Major, along with others, including Timnit Gebru, look in the costs, both environmental and social, of trying to teach machines the gift of language.

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