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The Law, Technology & Arts Group (LTA) delivers education, research, and outreach on the law's role in promoting and regulating innovation in technology and arts.

Both the UW and Seattle have well developed technology and arts communities that already intersect in significant ways. Seattle is a destination city for the creative class who often move seamlessly between technology and the arts. The practicing bar is highly sophisticated with many firms specializing in emerging growth tech companies across the spectrum of the life sciences, information technology, and new media/digital arts.

LTA is deeply connected to this community through its directors, staff, and adjunct faculty.


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  • - GeekWire Seattleites clearly know how to get loud at a sporting event. Now, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell wants her constituents to be equally vocal about supporting net neutrality.
  • - BBC Billions of dollars are pouring into the latest investor craze: artificial intelligence. But serious scientists like Stephen Hawking have warned that full AI could spell the end of the human race. How seriously should we take the warnings that ever-smarter computers could turn on us? Our expert witnesses explain the threat, the opportunities and how we might avoid being turned into paperclips.
  • - Financial Times It will be an interesting year for the X-47B. The new unmanned aircraft, developed by Northrop Grumman, will be put through its paces on a US warship to check it can do all the things existing aircraft can: take off and land safely, maintain a holding pattern, and “clear the deck” for the next aircraft in just 90 seconds.
  • - The New York Times By now you probably know that browsing the web leaves you open to tracking by Internet service providers, website operators and advertisers. But less well known is that you can be tracked simply by opening an email. Merely clicking or tapping to open a message can transmit to the sender not only that you opened it, but also where you were when you did so and on what device, among other things.
  • - Forbes It is always fun, and sometimes worrying, to see imagination come to life. I was on a panel last year at UC Berkeley around robotics and law. We talked about some of the conundrums robots and artificial intelligence might pose for law and policy–the subject of my forthcoming work Robotics and the Lessons of Cyberlaw. One hypothetical involved a shopping “bot” that randomly purchases items on the Internet. What if the bot purchases an item that is illegal in the jurisdiction where the item was shipped?

A message from Dean Kellye Testy

Dean Kellye Y. TestyLTA integrates and administers all of the UW School of Law's education, research, and outreach in the areas of tech law, art law, and intellectual property. Our distinguished faculty Directors oversee a robust J.D. and LL.M. curriculum, the Technology Law & Public Policy Clinic, the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC), an established journal, an internationally renowned set of annual conferences and a speaker series.

We hope you will join us as we build on the world class art and technology communities centered at the UW and in Seattle to establish LTA as the hub of dialogue on the intersection of law, technology, and arts. Innovation in the law is needed to ensure that innovation in technology and arts is vibrantly promoted and properly regulated. LTA's mission is to simultaneously consider both of these sides to the law's role in creativity through outstanding teaching, research, and service.

Last updated 7/30/2014