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New institute explores implications of modern technology on public policy

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New institute explores implications of modern technology on public policy
Photo caption: Richard Re (left), a law professor, and John Villasenor (right), an electrical engineering professor, will be the co-directors of the recently established UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy. […] (Courtesy of UCLA School of Law and Matthew Chin/UCLA)

A new UCLA institute will investigate how new technologies impact society and public policy.

The UCLA School of Law and the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering will work together in the new UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy to determine how emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, require changes in law and propose solutions to issues stemming from their usage. The institute was founded in 2020 and began with a five-year $10.25 million grant from multiple organizations, including the Charles Koch Foundation. Questions arising in areas such as artificial intelligence, digital privacy and cybersecurity aren’t only of interest to engineers, said John Villasenor, co-director of the institute and an electrical engineering professor, in an emailed statement. To address these questions, researchers need engagement and collaboration from people from a broad range of disciplines including engineering, law, public policy and more, he said. […]

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