In the Media

Coronavirus contact tracing apps were tech's chance to step up. They Haven't.

Most states are giving the cold shoulder to smartphone apps, though some developers think there's still a chance for them to catch on. Professor Ryan Calo is quoted. (Source: NBC News)

Second State Lets Law Grads Skip the Bar Exam Amid COVID-19

The Washington Supreme Court, which last month rejected calls for emergency diploma privilege, reversed course at the behest of law graduates and law school administrators. Dean Mario L. Barnes is quoted. (Source:

Bubacarr Drammeh to be Graduate Student Speaker at 2020 Commencement

Bubacarr Drammeh, a former State Attorney in The Gambia, will be the Graduate student speaker for the University of Washington School of Law Graduate class of 2020. (Source: The Gambia Times)

A drone flying in a blue sky.

Safety or surveillance: drones and the COVID-19 pandemic

The fact we have to ask, "can — and should — flying robots monitor social distancing or remotely measure body temperatures?" speaks to the incredible times in which we live. UW Law Professor Ryan Calo unpacks the subject with Molly Wood on Marketplace.

Enlisting Big Data in the Fight Against Coronavirus

Professor Ryan Calo submitted testimony in a paper hearing on the use of aggregate and anonymized data and privacy rights related to COVID-19 data collection. (Source: U.S. Senate)

Outdoor crowds test limits of social distancing as leaders weigh ‘very strong’ emergency powers to fight coronavirus

Forced to work from home, with kids’ toys crowding the living room and restaurants drawing shut, many in Seattle and beyond have turned to the outdoors — too many, it turns out. Hugh Spitzer is quoted. (Source: The Seattle Times)