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.
In 2013-2014 the Clinic is working on two projects:
- Explore and develop policy proposals on the use by law enforcement of
unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”).
Focus: Establishing rules and guidelines to insure the
appropriate and safe use of drones by law enforcement; special emphasis is to be
placed on the protection of privacy rights.
Key Stakeholders: Seattle City Council; Public Safety
Committee, Washington State Legislature; Public Safety Committee.
- Examine the current status of driverless cars and develop policy
recommendations for their introduction onto public roadways.
Focus: Determine when and how this new technology shall be
“mainstreamed.” Educate elected officials on the benefits and risks of
driverless vehicles and make policy recommendations on how to best go forward.
Key Stakeholders: Seattle City Council, Public Safety
Committee; Washington State Legislature, Public Safety Committee.
Technology Law Clinic News
Washington State Microenterprise Association will be hosting an Entrepreneurship Symposium at the Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma
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 www.wamicrobiz.org.
Washington State considers community broadband bill - 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.
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.”
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.
Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic Second Interim Report
A public hearing on Telecommunications Policy will be held at the UW School of Law on June 3 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The Second Interim Report Pursuant to House Bill 2601contains issues Technology Law and Public Policy clinic members hope to have discussed.
Clinic students to engage in two year study on energy policy
The Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic will undertake a two part examination of Washington State’s energy policies. Representative John McCoy, chair of the state legislature’s Technology, Energy and Communications Committee asked students to review existing statutory and regulatory energy policies. This will be followed by a second energy-related research project addressing a wide range of issues relating to the electricity sector Over the next four quarters students shall meet with stakeholders, engage in research, compose proposed policies, hold at least two public hearings and formulate proposals for legislative consideration.
Tech-Law Clinic presents interim findings to the Seattle Citizens Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board (CTTAB)
On May 10, 2011, clinic director William Covington, with students Nathan Barnes, Neil Fauerso and Lawrence Wang met with the City of Seattle’s citizen’s advisory group on telecommunications policy. The students presented and received feedback on their proposals for increasing broadband access, spurring competition in the telecommunications arena and easing regulatory bottlenecks. CTTAB members urged the students to recommend the creation of a state wide consumer protection agency, retaining the current cable franchising structure and to bring the benefits of broadband to those who are economically disadvantaged.
Students appear before Washington State legislature and make interim report on telecommunications policy
On March 4, 2011, ten members of the Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic presented a policy report to the Technology, Energy and Communications Committee of the Washington State Legislature. Committee chairman Representative John McCoy commended the clinicians for producing a well thought out, detailed and forward looking set of proposals. Following the presentation the students met with a group of industry lobbyists interested in the students’ proposals. A final report is to be submitted to the committee on December 1 of this year.
William Covington Presents to the State Legislature on Statewide Video Franchising
William Covington, director of the Technology Law & Public Policy Clinic, lad a legislative workshop on the issue of statewide video franchising for the Technology, Energy and Communications committee of the Washington State legislature on November 30, 2007. Washington State is considering following the lead of seventeen other states in taking the video franchising authority away from local government and transferring it to the state.
UW Law Shidler Center, Technology Clinic Receives 'Cy Pres' Funding
The Superior Court of California for the County of Santa Clara has approved the distribution of $80,000 in cy pres award funds to the UW School of Law's Shidler Center for Law, Commerce & Technology and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law's Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, to host conferences on the subjects of internet consumer protection and security breaches.