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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

  • 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.
  • Mar 19, 2015

    Source: The Economist

    UNMANNED aircraft, otherwise known as drones, are becoming common. Many are familiar with America’s use of armed drones in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere, but drones are increasingly being used by other parts of the government, as well as by companies and individuals. Drones can be far cheaper to operate than anything that requires an on-board pilot, and they are handy for making maps and taking pictures and videos. The FBI uses a small fleet of drones for law-enforcement surveillance. Customs and Border Patrol uses them to monitor the American border with Mexico (though the programme was recently found to be ineffective and expensive). Commercial drones are now regularly used for real-estate photography and to monitor oil and gas pipelines, among many other applications.
  • Mar 13, 2015

    Source: Popular Science

    There is clear momentum behind the concept of AI safety. When the non-profit Future of Life Institute released an open letter on AI safety in January, a great many people who have no professional involvement with AI signed on. But it wasn't an entirely amateur-hour affair. The signatories included computer scientists, roboticists, and legal experts. One of the latter was Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington who specializes in robotics.
  • Feb 19, 2015

    Source: CBC News

    There’s a revolution happening and it’s overhead. The drones are coming. From Amazon to Google, the government and your neighbours, everyone is embracing the drone. The big question is: who gets to use them, and how?

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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