Artificial Intelligence: Law and Policy

On Tuesday, May 24, the Lab and the UW School of Law co-hosted the first of four White House public workshops on artificial intelligence. Deputy CTO Ed Felton and other members of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy spoke on panels and were in attendance for the workshop. Other speakers included Lab Co-Director Ryan Calo, Oren Etzioni, Kellye Testy, R. David Edelman, Pedro Domingos, Deirdre Mulligan, Kate Crawford, Jack Balkin, and Camille Fischer.

The event was covered by The New York Times, MIT Technology Review, and The Seattle Times.

More information about the White House workshop series on the risks and benefits of artificial intelligence can be found here.

Tech Policy Lab to Co-Host White House Artificial Intelligence Workshop


The Tech Policy Lab is delighted to announce a public workshop on the law and policy of artificial intelligence, co-hosted by the White House and UW’s School of Law. The event places leading artificial intelligence experts from academia and industry in conversation with government officials interested in developing a wise and effective policy framework for this increasingly important technology. The event is free and open to the public but requires registration. – See more at:

Tech Policy Lab Distinguished Lecture with General Kevin Chilton

The Tech Policy Lab was honored to host General Kevin Chilton for our spring 2016 Distinguished Lecture. General Chilton focused on Deterrence in the 21st century, describing deterrence theory and how it can be applied in the future and to cyberspace.

General Chilton served 34 1/2 years in the US Air Force in various flying and staff positions and retired in 2011 as the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, responsible for the plans and operations of all U.S. forces conducting strategic deterrence and DoD space and cyberspace operations. Prior to his work in Strategic Command, General Chilton commanded Air Force Space Command. During part of his Air Force career he served with NASA and was a Command Astronaut Pilot and flew 3 Space Shuttle missions.  General Chilton has a BS in engineering from the USAF Academy, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Creighton University.

Computer Security and the Internet of Things – Faculty Co-Director Tadayoshi Kohno presents at Usenix Enigma 2016

Computers are now integrating into everyday objects, from medical devices to children’s toys. This integration of technology brings many benefits. Without the appropriate checks and balances, however, these emerging technologies also have the potential to compromise our digital and physical security and privacy. Tech Policy Lab Faculty Co-Director Kohno’s talk explored case studies in the design and analysis of computer systems for several types of everyday objects, including wireless medical devices, children’s toys, and automobiles. He discussed the discovery of security risks with leading examples of these technologies, the challenges to securing these technologies and the ecosystem leading to their vulnerabilities, and new directions for security and privacy. Including efforts (in collaboration with UC San Diego) to compromise the computers in an automobile from a thousand miles away, and the implications and consequences of this and other works. He also outlined directions for mitigating computer security and privacy risks, including both technical directions and education.

Federal Trade Commission Start With Security Seattle


The FTC’s third “Start With Security” event took place on February 9, 2016, in Seattle, Washington, and was co-sponsored by the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab, the University of Washington School of Law Technology Law & Public Policy Clinic, and CoMotion at the University of Washington.

The one-day event continued the FTC’s work to provide companies with practical tips and strategies for implementing effective data security. The event brought together experts to provide insights on how startups and other small companies can secure the software and products they develop, and how important it is to do so. FTC Commissioner Julie Brill kicked things off with opening remarks. The day included panels on Building a Security Culture, Integrating Security into the Development Pipeline, the Business Case for Security, and Securing the Internet of Things.

Panel 1: Building a Security Culture

How can startups build a culture of security? This panel will explore how startups can jumpstart security in their organization, and why they should, including how to get organizational buy-in for security, train developers to code securely, use basic threat modeling to identify security threats, and more.

Panel 2: Integrating Security into the Development Pipeline

How can startups effectively integrate security testing and review into their development processes when they may be hiring new engineers at a rapid clip, experiencing exponential user growth, and shipping code frequently? This panel will discuss how security testing can be automated and adapted in startup environments.

Presentation – Avoiding Catastrophe: An Introduction to OWASP Proactive Controls

Ian Gorrie
Principal Consultant
Locked Networks
Chapter Leader
Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), Seattle Chapter

Panel 3: The Business Case for Security

How can startups determine the importance of security to their bottom line? Building security in up front may help startups avoid significant costs: Venture capital investors may emphasize security in funding decisions; customers may demand contractual security requirements; potential acquirers may evaluate a startup’s security posture; and startups may incur fatal damage to reputation and monetary costs from a security incident. This panel will discuss the importance of security from the investor, customer, and potential acquirer standpoints.

Panel 4: Securing the Internet of Things

Connected devices present new security challenges and expanded attack surfaces. How can startups secure their IoT products and services in a rapidly developing ecosystem? This panel will address how IoT startups can identify and manage critical risks in their businesses and plan for the unique challenges they face.