Technology Law & Public Policy Clinic

The Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic has two missions: using year-long projects to provide students with an opportunity to craft policy in those areas where public policy and high technology intersect and allowing students to work in conjunction with elected officials, business people, representatives of the public and others in crafting policy.

2014-2015 Clinic Projects

  1. Investigate issues around Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies and develop policy recommendations

    Focus #1: Explore whether Washington should follow New York’s method of regulating Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies.
    Key Stakeholder #1: Washington State Legislature, Banking Committee

  2. Focus #2: Evaluate whether Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies should be considered property
    Key Stakeholder #2: Uniform Law Commission
  3. Examine issues around testing of driverless cars and develop policy recommendations

    Focus #1: Staff the Uniform Law Commission study – proposed by the clinic last year – on testing of driverless cars
    Key Stakeholder #1: Uniform Law Commission

  4. Focus #2: Draft proposed legislation on testing of driverless cars
    Key Stakeholder #2: Washington State Legislature, Technology and Economic Development Committee
  5. Study security issues around internet voting

    Focus: Determine whether security issues can be overcome in order to successfully implement internet voting
    Key Stakeholders: Washington Secretary of State, King County Elections
    White Paper Conclusion: Internet voting cannot be successfully implemented due to security problems, as security requires a paper trail, but ballots could be ordered on-line and emailed back

Technology Law Clinic News

  • Dec 30, 2015

    Source: Internet Law Center's Cyber Report

    The FTC is continuing its “Start With Security” workshops for Startups, with the third workshop taking place on February 9th at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, 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.
  • Dec 18, 2015

    Source: The Washington Post

    Ready or not, the robots are coming. There will be cars driving themselves, with no steering wheel for us to grab.
  • May 08, 2015

    Source: The Stranger

    Tech evangelists regularly preach the merits of a smarter, more connected world. A thermostat that anticipates our desired temperature! Self-driving cars! But an increasingly connected-to-the-internet world is also an increasingly vulnerable one. Especially when the things connected to the internet happen to be operating on live, human bodies.
  • Apr 09, 2015

    Source: KUOW

    The Washington State Senate thinks even more regulating laws are necessary. On Wednesday senators voted unanimously to outlaw ticket bot computer software that buys up to 40 percent of the tickets for a concert before the public gets a stab at them. This is only the latest effort to regulate robots and robotic software.
  • Apr 08, 2015

    Source: GeekWire

    We caught up with Dyson this week to talk about the future of robots, and why everyone needs a little R2-D2-like drone in their house.
  • Apr 03, 2015

    Source: GeekWire

    The two-day conference kicks off April 10 at the University of Washington School of Law. Programming includes expert panels, demonstrations, networking, and a keynote from Tony Dyson, the man who built R2D2 for Star Wars.
  • Sep 17, 2012


    A variety of topics will be included during the Symposium including crowdfunding, food systems and co-ops, workforce programs, exporting, social media and so much more. For more information and to register go to
  • Jan 17, 2012

    Source: Reclaim the Media

    Last year, House Bill 2601 examined telecommunications reform, including the possibilty of municipality and public utility district provisioning. The UW School of Law examined the issues and released a report that recognizes the important role public sector investments can play.
  • Sep 01, 2011

    Washington State Legislature Recognizes Tech-Law Clinic Students as Key Players in State’s Efforts to Develop Distributed Energy Policy


    Distributed Energy (DE) policy encourages homes and businesses to use alternative forms of energy. Over the next 16 months the Legislature’s Technology, Energy and Communications Committee, with the assistance of Tech-Law Clinic students will conduct hearings, interview stakeholders and develop policy proposals. Representative Deborah Eddy, 48th District, stated “We look forward to working with UW Law’s Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic in developing cutting edge DE policies for Washington State. The students will conduct research, monitor meetings and bring priceless drive and intelligence to this process.” 
  • Sep 01, 2011

    Tech-Law Clinic Students Meet with State Representative to Discuss “Box Fee”


    Rurally isolated Washington residents would be eligible for reasonably priced Internet access if the Washington State Legislature embraces an idea developed by Tech-Law students. Representative Bob Hasegawa, 11th District, met with students and legislative staff to discuss a “box fee” (a charge on devices such as cellular telephones and personal computers which connect to the Internet). This fee would be used to subsidize access to the Internet for those living in areas which are currently unserved.

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