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The following are current projects of the Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic.

Current Project

Create a law allowing the use of autonomous vehicles on the highways, roads and streets of Washington state.

Skills Focus

  • Learning the basics of autonomous vehicle technology.
  • Working with government officials, manufacturers, legislators, environmentalist groups and other stakeholders.
  • Legal and non-legal research.
  • Developing policy through multiple drafts of legislation with input from select stakeholders.
  • Objective and persuasive writing.
  • Legislative drafting.

Current Project

Update the City of Seattle's Surveillance Ordinance to ensure its use whenever city agencies purchase technology that can access personally identifiable information ("PII").

Skills Focus

  • Learning the basics of the diverse range of potential PII-collecting technologies municipal agencies can purchase.
  • Working with government officials, law enforcement, local legislators, manufacturers, the ACLU and other stakeholders.
  • Legal and non-legal research.
  • Developing policy through multiple drafts of legislation with input from select stakeholders.
  • Objective and persuasive writing.
  • Legislative drafting.

Current Project

Update Washington state laws on surveillance to "plug holes" which exclude drones from invasion of privacy liability.

Skills Focus

  • Learning the basics of drone technology.
  • Working with government officials, manufacturers, legislators, civil liberties groups and other stakeholders.
  • Legal and non-legal research.
  • Developing policy through multiple drafts of legislation with input from select stakeholders.
  • Objective and persuasive writing.
  • Legislative drafting.

Current Project

Amend Washington state's Public Records Act ("PRA") to address problems caused by massive informational requests.

Skills Focus

  • Learning the challenges which have and may arise through voluminous informational requests through use of the PRA.
  • Working with government officials, civil liberties groups and other stakeholders
  • Legal and non-legal research.
  • Developing policy through multiple drafts of legislation with input from select stakeholders.
  • Objective and persuasive writing.
  • Legislative drafting.