Affiliate Position

  • Co-Founder, Center for an Informed Public


Ryan Calo is the Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Professor at the University of Washington School of Law. He is a faculty co-director (with Batya Friedman and Tadayoshi Kohno) of the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab, a unique, interdisciplinary research unit that spans the School of Law, Information School, and Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. Professor Calo holds courtesy appointments at the University of Washington Information School and the Oregon State University School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering.

Professor Calo's research on law and emerging technology appears or is forthcoming in leading law reviews (California Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, and Columbia Law Review) and technical publications (MIT Press, Nature, Artificial Intelligence) and is frequently referenced by the mainstream media (NPR, New York Times, Wall Street Journal). Professor Calo has testified before the full Judiciary and Commerce Committees of the United States Senate and the German Parliament and has organized events on behalf of the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Obama White House. He has been a speaker at the President Obama's Frontiers Conference, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and NPR's Weekend in Washington. Business Insider named him one of the most influential people in robotics.

Professor Calo is a board member of the R Street Institute and an affiliate scholar at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society (CIS), where he was a research fellow, and the Yale Law School Information Society Project (ISP). He serves on numerous advisory boards and steering committees, including University of California's People and Robots Initiative, the AI Now Initiative at NYU, the Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT*), Privacy Law Scholars Conference, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Without My Consent, the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, and the Future of Privacy Forum. In 2011, Professor Calo co-founded the annual robotics law and policy conference We Robot with Michael Froomkin and Ian Kerr.

Professor Calo worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling LLP and clerked for the Honorable R. Guy Cole on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Prior to law school at the University of Michigan, Professor Calo investigated allegations of police misconduct in New York City. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Dartmouth College.

Professor Calo won the Phillip A. Trautman 1L Professor of the Year Award in 2014 and 2017.


  • JD, University of Michigan Law School, 2005
  • AB, Philosophy, Dartmouth College, 1999

Publications and Contributions


  • Auditing Google’s Search Headlines as a Potential Gateway to Misleading Content: Evidence from the 2020 US Election (2022)
    Stanford Trust and Safety Research Conference - Virtual
  • Bringing Dark Patterns to Light: An FTC Workshop (2021)
    Federal Trade Commission - Virtual
  • Science and Technology Studies Toolkit: A Guide for Handling Mis- and Disinformation (2021)
    University of Notre Dame‘s Technology Ethics Center - Virtual
  • Telling Stories (2021)
    Northwest Science Writers Association (NWSW) - Seattle, WA
  • The Automated Administrative State (2020)
    Northeastern Law Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity 2020 IP/Tech Lecture Series - Boston, MA USA
  • The Role of Law, Policy and Technology in Countering the Flow of Misinformation (2020)
    iSchool Alumni Association Speaker Series - Virtual
  • Who can we trust? Technology's impact on democracy (2020)
    Town Hall Seattle - Seattle, WA
  • Second Global Summit on Tech Policy: Toward Culturally Responsive Artificial Intelligence (2018)
    UW Tech Policy Lab - Seattle, WA
  • Responsible Innovation: A Cross Disciplinary Lens on Privacy and Security Challenges (2015)
    College of Engineering Public Lectures Series, University of Washington - Seattle, WA