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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.

LTA News

  • Sep 17, 2015

    Source: BBC

    Ryan Calo, professor of law at the University of Washington, grapples with the question of who to blame when robots go wrong, and whether there is such a thing as robot rights.
  • Sep 15, 2015

    Source: USA Today

    A lawsuit filed this week in San Francisco federal court alleges Twitter is "surreptitiously eavesdropping" on people who send private messages on the social media service in violation of federal and state privacy laws.
  • Sep 09, 2015

    Source: The Guardian

    We usually think of tech companies as invading our privacy – and with good reason – but in the current political climate where the FBI is aiming to vilify the encryption that is increasingly used to protect everyone’s private information, those same tech giants may be our best ally in protecting our privacy against the US government.
  • Sep 07, 2015

    Source: Fusion

    Over the last year, the FBI has had harsh words for Apple, accusing the tech giant of endangering human lives and aiding criminals by turning on encryption by default on the iPhone. When Google announced it would add the feature to Android, meaning that smartphone users would need to unlock their phones for police to be able to go through them, government officials and law enforcement representatives similarly freaked out.
  • Aug 13, 2015

    Source: Marketplace

    A man in Connecticut put a gun on his drone (and was subsequently arrested for it). Doctors from Johns Hopkins used drones to move blood samples. And yet, the biggest unanswered questions around drones involve neither life nor limb.

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.

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