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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January 16, 2021

Calo co-written Op-Ed on Social Media, Misinformation, Elections, and Bans

Los Angeles Times

Op-Ed looks at distinguishing the difference between attributing user speech to a platform, which is forbidden, and failure to have reasonable community safety. Also discusses regulating possibly harmful algorithms and how design choices that can amplify negative rhetoric and possible future harm. Los Angeles Times For further reading on Social Media, Misinformation, Elections, and Bans, […]

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December 24, 2020

First-Generation Tech Policy Lab Student Advances Issues at Intersection of Law and Technology

UW Law

Current law student, and former Tech Policy Lab student, Nicole Buckley has had a number of opportunities to be a part of ground-breaking research during her time at UW Law, the first of which was serving a Hazelton Fellow with the Tech Policy Lab. Buckley has also been able to view the intersections of technology […]

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September 29, 2020

UW Researchers, including TPL faculty, looked in to ads on 200 news sites to track misinformation

UW News

UW Researchers, including TPL Co-Director Yoshi Kohno and TPL affiliate faculty Franziska Roesner, explain the many ways that online ads are different from traditional advertising that was intended to sell products, including how advertising on the web can also be a mechanism to deliver content, misleading in their form, and personalized in a manner that […]

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September 22, 2020

Calo on the Automated Administrative State at Northeastern University CLIC IP/Tech Lecture Series

Northeastern Law

Professor Ryan Calo, co-director of the Tech Policy Lab, presented at Northeastern University’s Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC). Professor Calo discussed automation and the issues raised by its use by administrative agencies. The lecture is a part of Northeastern University School of Law’s 2020 IP/Tech Lecture Series: The New Digital Divide.

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May 30, 2020

States’ Automated Systems Are Trapping Citizens in Bureaucratic Nightmares

Time

“‘Throwing away expertise and nimbleness … in favor of software and automation, at some point it begins to undermine the very justification of the administrative state,’ says Ryan Calo, a professor at the University of Washington Law School.”

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May 5, 2020

As agriculture increasingly relies on technology, concerns about security vulnerabilities

Logic

In this long form article in Logic Magazine, Tech Policy Lab student Rian Wanstreet describes how agricultural production is increasingly relying on sensors and internet-connected devices that are rife with security vulnerabilities. Attacking Agriculture, Logic Magazine, May 4, 2020

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April 29, 2020

Co-Director Calo on the Perils of Contact-Tracing Apps

Brookings

“We worry that contact-tracing apps will serve as vehicles for abuse and disinformation, while providing a false sense of security to justify reopening local and national economies well before it is safe to do so.”

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April 14, 2020

‘I saw you were online’: How online status indicators shape our behavior

UW News

Co-Director Yoshi Kohno, student Lucy Simko, alumna Camille Cobb, and Assistant Professor Alexis Hiniker look at how online status indicators shape user behavior.

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January 27, 2020

Co-Director Friedman Receives Honorary Doctorate

UW News

Tech Policy Lab Co-Director Batya Friedman receives honorary doctorate from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

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