September 10, 2022

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 […]


June 30, 2022

Co-Director on the Metaverse and Human Values

Pew Research Center

Batya Friedman, co-director of the Tech Policy Lab and professor of human-computer interaction at the University of Washington, was among a group of global thought leaders selected by Pew Research Center to share their views on the future of the metaverse. Professsor Friedman highlighted the relatively “impoverished” nature of the metaverse with respect to human […]


June 28, 2022

Co-Director Named Chair of Data Privacy Panel at the World Bank

World Bank

TPL Co-Director Ryan Calo was appointed by the World Bank Group President as Chair of the newly-formed External Expert Reviewer (EER) panel. The three-member panel, composed of experts from across the globe, acts as an independent second-tier review body for complaints regarding violations of the World Bank Privacy Policy with respect to personal data. Professor […]


June 27, 2022

Co-Director on Privacy and Markets


A recent article in Slate written by Danielle Citron, whom the Lab will host as part of the Distinguished Lecture series later this year, advocates for the need to strengthen privacy protections for intimate and reproductive data in light of the Supreme Court’s decision overruling Roe v. Wade. In the article, Citron extends Co-Director Ryan […]


June 24, 2022

Co-Director Honored by Students with ACM Teaching Award

Allen School News

At the Allen School’s first in-person graduation ceremony since 2019, TPL Co-Director and Professor of Computer Science Yoshi Kohno was honored with the ACM Teaching Award by the University of Washington Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (UW ACM). The award highlighting faculty excellence in teaching was presented by Lucy Jiang, president of […]


June 14, 2022

Co-Director Appointed Head of Technology and Equity Research at


TPL Co-Director Yoshi Kohno was recently appointed Head of Technology and Equity Research at, a secure identity verification service with over 90 million users. Previously, also established a Privacy Bill of Rights and committed to their “No Identity Left Behind” initiative, which seeks to include people who traditionally have difficulty verifying their digital […]


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