To explore how new technology affects society, privacy, government and public policy, the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and UCLA School of Law launched the UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy in January 2020. The cross-disciplinary institute examines advances in artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, robotics and new forms of digital media to identify the benefits and risks they represent.


The institute is one of a number of UCLA programs focused on the intersection of technology and policy, including UCLA Law’s AI PULSE project and Climate Engineering Governance Project; the UCLA Samueli Engineering-led Named Data Networking; and the Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance, a joint effort of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television and UCLA Engineering.

Policy at the Speed of Tech
AI, algorithms and other advances are disrupting society, privacy, commerce and the law. The Institute for Technology, Law & Policy examines emerging issues in a rapidly changing environment.

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Michael Karanicolas

“Technology is reshaping all aspects of daily life and society, with profound implications for the exercise of fundamental rights and for how we understand concepts like justice, equity, and accountability,” Karanicolas says.

A widely published author and frequent speaker at academic meetings and in the media, Karanicolas joins the institute from the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, where he led the Wikimedia Initiative on Intermediaries and Information. He has focused his work on the impact that new technologies have on human rights, and he has deeply explored issues involving internet governance, cybersecurity, and online freedom of expression.

“To spur innovation and fully realize the extraordinary potential that technology can offer, we cannot look at technology alone,” Villasenor said. “We must also look at the role of legal and policy frameworks.”

Villasenor’s work lies at the intersection of technology, policy, law, and business — with a focus on communications and information technologies and their broader ramifications. Learn more about Prof. Villasenor and his research in this exclusive interview.