Event Archive

Tech Talk with Cyrus Farivar | Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech

May 9, 2018

12:30-1:20 pm.
William H. Gates Hall Room 119
Lunch provided.
Please RSVP to halmeter@uw.edu.

January Tech Policy Happy Hour

Jan 25, 2018

We will have Andrew Ferguson, author of The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement, joining us for a happy hour on January 25th.

Thursday, January 25
5:30-7:30 pm
4114 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Tech Talk with with Hao Yuan | AI and the Law: Setting the Stage in China

Feb 7, 2018

12:30-1:20 pm.
William H. Gates Hall Room 117
Lunch provided.
Please RSVP to Allison McCarty at amc6688@uw.edu.

May Tech Policy Happy Hour

May 9, 2018

On Wednesday, May 9th the Tech Policy Lab will hold a happy hour with guest Cyrus Farivar, senior business editor at Ars Technica. Cyrus will be giving a book talk with the Lab earlier on the 9th on his forthcoming book, Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech. More info on that event can be found here.


Happy Hour:

January 25th, 5:30-7:30 pm


4114 University Way NE

Seattle, WA 98105

Please RSVP to halmeter@uw.edu

Tech Talk with Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement

Jan 25, 2018

12:30-1:20 pm.
William H. Gates Hall Room 117
Lunch provided.
Please RSVP to halmeter@uw.edu.

Tech Talk with Brian Israel: Law in the Fourth Domain: Governing the Second Half Century of Outer Space Activities

Oct 17, 2017

12:30-1:20 pm.
William H. Gates Hall Room 119
Lunch provided.
Please RSVP to halmeter@uw.edu.

Fall Distinguished Lecture with James Suzman: Poison Arrows and Other ‘Killer Apps’

Nov 2, 2017

Please join the Tech Policy Lab for a lecture on a hunter-gatherer perspective on technology and our future with James Suzman on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 pm in Kane Hall Room 120. (more…)

Privacy’s Past & Future: Discussion with Chris Hoofnagle

Mar 27, 2017

12:30-1:20 pm.
William H. Gates Hall Room 117 (room changed).
Lunch provided.
Please RSVP to emcr@uw.edu.

Spring Distinguished Lecture with Kate Crawford: AI Now

Mar 6, 2018

Please join the Tech Policy Lab for a lecture on the social and political questions for artificial intelligence with Kate Crawford on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 pm in Kane Hall. (more…)

Modern Surveillance Discussion with Author Jennifer Granick

Feb 21, 2017

12:30-1:20 pm.
William H. Gates Hall Room 119.
Lunch provided.

Join the Tech Policy Lab for a discussion on modern surveillance with author Jennifer Granick. She recently won the 2016 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for her book American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, And What to Do About It. She is the Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Soci­ety. From 2007 to 2010 she served as the Civil Liberties Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. (more…)

Fall Distinguished Lecture with Terry Winograd and Alan Borning

Nov 30, 2016

On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 we are delighted to have Terry Winograd and Alan Borning in conversation about their work around computer science and politics.

Legal and Governance Implications of Artificial Intelligence

May 24, 2016

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: https://www.law.uw.edu/events/artificial-intelligence-law-and-policy/#sthash.8nBldB9H.dpuf

Tech Talk – Tor with Shari Steele

Apr 26, 2016

The Tech Policy Lab is hosting Shari Steele for a talk about Tor. Shari Steele is the current Executive Director of the Tor Project and recent past Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The event will take place at the University of Washington in William H. Gates Hall room 119, Wednesday, April 27 starting at 12:30.


Spring Distinguished Lecture with General Kevin Chilton: Deterrence in the 21st Century

Apr 19, 2016

Join us Tuesday, April 19 in Kane Hall Room 130 at 7:00 pm for a lecture by General Kevin Chilton on Deterrence in the 21st Century: From Nuclear, To Space, To Cyberspace.

Fall Distinguished Lecture with Prof. Latanya Sweeney: How Technology Impacts Humans

Dec 1, 2015

Join us December 1 for our Fall Distinguished Lecture with renowned technologist and former Chief Technologist for the Federal Trade Commission, Professor Latanya Sweeney.

Responsible innovation: A cross-disciplinary lens on privacy and security challenges

Nov 3, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
7:30 pm, Kane Hall 130

Engineering innovations drive changes in how people interact, socialize, conduct business, raise their children, and care for the elderly.  New technologies emerge and enter the marketplace at an incredibly rapid rate, and bring with them benefits and risks. Policy, society’s regulator, hastens afterward.

As part of the 2015 Engineering Lecture Series, at the University of Washington, the Tech Policy Lab’s Faculty Directors will take part in a presentation and panel discussion on what it means to innovate responsibly, particularly with respect to privacy and security.

Start with Security – Seattle

Feb 9, 2016

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

How Technology Impacts Civil Liberties with Co-Director Ryan Calo

Jul 14, 2015

Nuala O’Connor, Racquel Russell, Ryan Calo, with Jenny Durkan
Town Hall Seattle
July 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm

July Tech Policy Happy Hour

Jul 8, 2015

Our Thursday, July 8 we will be meeting at The Hideout in advance of Micheal Fertik’s talk on “Making the Most of Your Digital Reputation” at 7:30 pm at Town Hall Seattle.

We will be at The Hideout from 5-7 pm
1005 Boren Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 903-8480

Accommodating Technology – 25 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act

May 29, 2015

Kane Hall 225 (Walker-Ames Room)
Friday, May 29
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

June Tech Policy Happy Hour

Jun 22, 2015

We will have Alex Alben, Washington State’s new Chief Privacy Officer, joining us this month. He thought UW would be an easier parking situation than downtown so we will be at the District Lounge again.

Monday, June 22
The District Lounge
5:30-7:30 pm
4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

The Future of Payment

Jun 15, 2015

Is Bitcoin the future of money? Maybe not, but block chain technology could be. (more…)

April Tech Policy Happy Hour

Jan 1, 1970

Our April Happy Hour will be held on Wednesday, April 22. Our guest this month is Professor Neil Richards, of Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Richards is a noted scholar on issues of privacy law, and will be leading a discussion on his new book, Intellectual Privacy.


We Robot 2015

Apr 10, 2015


Roundtable: Cyber Civil Rights and Effective Responses to ‘Revenge Porn’

Mar 3, 2015

Tuesday, March 3.
4:00-6:00 pm. Reception to follow.
K&L Gates

On Tuesday, March 3, K&L Gates and the University of Washington’s Tech Policy Lab will be co-sponsoring a roundtable on cyber civil rights and revenge porn. We have assembled a fantastic panel with speakers from K&L Gates, the Federal Trade Commission, Legal Voice and Without My Consent. (more…)

December Tech Policy Happy Hour

Dec 16, 2014

Our December Happy Hour will be Tuesday, December 16. The Happy Hour is set to coincide with Woody Hartzog‘s visit to Seattle. His award winning paper on “The FTC and the New Common Law of Privacy” with Daniel Solove is an important contribution to privacy law and should make for interesting discussion.

When Companies Study Their Customers: The Changing Face of Science, Research, and Ethics

Dec 4, 2014

Hosted by the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and the Tech Policy Lab this event will bring together some of the many commenters from the Facebook “emotion contagion study,” together with other thought leaders from the academy, industry, civil society, and the legal community, to talk about the changing face of science, research, and ethics. Panelists include Edward Felton, Paul Ohm, and the Lab’s own Ryan Calo. More information, including a list of speakers and registration info, is available on Silicon Flatiron’s event page.

Fall Distinguished Lecture with Prof. Jeroen van den Hoven: Responsible Innovation in the Age of Robots and Smart Machines

Dec 2, 2014

Many of the things we do to each other in the 21st century –both good and bad – we do by means of smart technology. Drones, robots, cars, and computers are a case in point. Military drones can help protect vulnerable, displaced civilians; at the same time, drones that do so without clear accountability give rise to serious moral questions when unintended deaths and harms occur. More generally, the social benefits of our smart machines are manifold; the potential drawbacks and moral quandaries extremely challenging. In this talk, I take up the question of responsible innovation drawing on the European Union experience and reconsidering the relations between ethics and design. I shall introduce ‘Value Sensitive Design’, one the most promising approaches, and provide illustrations from robotics, AI and drone technology to show how moral values can be used as requirements in technical design. By doing so we may overcome problems of moral overload and conflicting values by design.

Jeroen van den Hoven
Jeroen van den Hoven is full professor of Ethics and Technology at Delft University of Technology, he is editor in chief of Ethics and Information Technology. He was the first scientific director of 3TU.Ethics (2007-2013). He won the World Technology Award for Ethics in 2009 and the IFIP prize for ICT and Society also in 2009 for his work in Ethics and ICT.

November Tech Policy Happy Hour

Nov 13, 2014


On Thursday, November 13, Danielle Citron will be joining us at Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe in Capitol Hill to sign copies of her new book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace from 4-5 with Happy Hour in the Cafe from 5:00-7:00 pm.

Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe
425 15th Ave East
Seattle, WA 98122

Hate Crimes in Cyberspace with Danielle Citron

Nov 13, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 12:30-1:30 PM
William H. Gates Hall
University of Washington School of Law

“In this important book, Danielle Citron proposes a civil rights agenda for the digital age —new legal tools that will protect equal opportunity and human dignity in digital spaces. She explains how we can protect individuals from online harassment and abuse without undermining freedom of expression.” – Jack M. Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Yale University

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Danielle Citron will be discussing her new book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace. She is the Lois K. Macht Research Professor & Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Professor Citron is a privacy expert and has written for the New York Times, Forbes, and Slate. She teaches Information Privacy Law, Civil Procedure and legal writing.

Special Lecture: Cory Doctorow

Oct 25, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Kane Hall, University of Washington Campus
Free for all UW students, faculty and staff.
$10 General Admission
Tickets available here:

The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media, the Henry Art Gallery, and the UW Tech Policy Lab present “Alice, Bob and Clapper: What Snowden taught us about privacy” with author and activist Cory Doctorow. Doctorow’s novels Little BrotherHomeland, and forthcoming book Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free address issues of privacy, surveillance, copyright, cryptography, and social activism. Doctorow is a co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to The GuardianThe New York TimesPublishers Weekly,Wired, and many other publications. He was formerly Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a nonprofit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards, and treaties.

Workshop on Usable Privacy & Security for wearable and domestic ubIquitous DEvices (UPSIDE)

Sep 14, 2014

The UPSIDE workshop is an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to discuss research challenges and experiences around the usable privacy and security of wearable devices and other consumer sensors and domestic devices (e.g., home automation systems; smart appliances in the home; smart meters; domestic healthcare devices). The workshop will be held on September 14, 2014 in conjunction with the UbiComp 2014 conference in Seattle, WA, USA. The workshop schedule is available here.

Our Robot Future

Jul 11, 2014


Aspen Ideas Festival

Jun 26, 2014

Co-Director Ryan will be speaking at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival on robotics.

Robotics Colloquium – Amazon PrimeAir

Mar 21, 2014


Information School iAffiliates Day

Apr 10, 2014

On April 10, the University of Washington Information School will hold its third annual iAffiliates Day. This is an event that fosters new partnerships and showcases innovative work at the intersection of information, technology, and people.


April Tech Policy Happy Hour

Apr 15, 2014

On Tuesday, April 15, we are expecting several professors from Brazil to join our happy hour. They are in the process of creating an interdisciplinary tech center at their university in Sao Paolo. We’ll be at Hotel Deca’s District Lounge from 5:30-7:30pm.


March Tech Policy Happy Hour

Mar 19, 2014

For March we are going to mix it up with a new Seattle Legal Innovation and Technology MeetUp group. Wednesday, March 19 from 5:30-7:30 pm we’ll be at Still Liquor in Capitol Hill.

Securing Smart Machines – Director Kohno’s Panel at RSA

Feb 28, 2014

Using recent examples, panelists will examine the security challenges companies face when adding connectivity to everyday consumer devices. What risks should manufacturers consider in designing and maintaining their products? How can companies keep users apprised of risks and threats? What best practices should companies adopt to improve product security and consumer awareness? – See more

A day with Julie Brill, FTC Commissioner

Nov 13, 2013

On November 13, Julie Brill, FTC Commissioner will be at the Tech Policy Lab and the University of Washington for round table discussions with students and academics. We will be doing a Q&A open to the University at 3:30 pm in Room 138 of William H. Gates Hall.


Federal Trade Commission “Internet of Things” Workshop

Nov 19, 2013

The FTC will hold a workshop on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in Washington, DC, to explore consumer privacy and security issues posed by the growing connectivity of devices with the input of academics, business and industry representatives, and consumer advocacy groups. The workshop will be webcast.

Xconomy Forum: Big Insight – Making Sense of Big Data in Seattle

Nov 19, 2013

The Tech Policy Lab will be at the Xconomy Forum on Big Data in Seattle:

“It’s not about the data, it’s about the insight. Entrepreneurs, researchers, and investors in Seattle and the broader Northwest are finding innovative ways to harness the raw data rushing at us from an ever-widening array of sources and put it to profitable, impactful use. Building on Northwest strengths such as cloud computing and enterprise software, startups and established technology giants alike are defining a new regional specialization here with the potential to transform virtually every field of human endeavor. And investors are taking note: some 15 local companies working on some facet of big data have raised more than $80 million in venture capital in the last year alone.”

Robot Research @the Commons

Feb 27, 2014

Robots Research Evite 2-4
The Tech Policy Lab is co-sponsoring the Winter Scholars Studio – Robot Research @the Commons. Discussions will include emerging areas such as social robots, cyborgs in film and literature, robotics, drones, privacy and robots, human-robot interaction, artificial intelligence and ethics.

We Robot 2014

Apr 4, 2014


Robotics is becoming a transformative technology that presents many legal and social challenges. This conference will build on existing scholarship that explores how the increasing sophistication and autonomous decision-making capabilities of robots and their widespread deployment everywhere from the home, to hospitals, to public spaces, and even to the battlefield disrupts existing legal regimes or requires rethinking of various policy issues.

Find more information on submissions and registration here

IAPP Privacy Academy

Sep 30, 2013

Ryan Calo will be presenting Deception, Unfairness and Manipulation: Protecting Consumer Privacy Today and Tomorrow at the IAPP Privacy Academy, September 30-October 2. (more…)

Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference

Oct 11, 2013

On October 11th–13th, Ryan Calo will be presenting at the Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference in New York City, a multidisciplinary conference about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and drones—with an emphasis on civilian applications.

The Tech Policy Lab Launch

Sep 12, 2013

Michael K. Young, Microsoft Executive Vice President & General Counsel Brad Smith, Corporate Vice President & Head of Microsoft Research Peter Lee. The three founding directors, Ryan Calo, Assistant Professor, School of Law; Batya Friedman, Professor, The Information School; Tadayoshi Kohno, Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering presented “Challenging the Landscape: Innovations in Technology Policy.”