Ryan Calo is an associate professor at the University of Washington School of Law and has quite an impressive resume leading up to this point. He’s been featured in a handful of very prestigious publications and you can find various interviews of him floating around the web as well.
In addition to his title as an associate professor, Ryan Calo also co-directs the Tech Policy Lab at UW as well. This initiative is something that’s been in the works for a while and focuses on analyzing tech policy from angles that are less commonly explored.
Ryan Calo believes that Tech Policy is something that should be taken extremely seriously and will impact the world at scale going forward. When you factor in the importance of getting it right the first time (due to the potential for negative consequences to spread rapidly) you can see where Ryan is coming from.
Since most of the work Ryan Calo does is focused on the intersection between technology and the law, he has been able to successfully publish his work in a number of different places. Among them are NPR, Nature, University of Chicago Law Review, New York Times, California Law Review, Wall Street Journal, Artificial Intelligence, MIT Press, and Columbia Law Review.
This amount of publishing is something that can be very difficult to maintain when dealing with existing job responsibilities. Ryan Calo also manages to find the time to be an advocate for various organizations he believes in. He’s put on events for the Obama White House administration, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and many more.
Business Insider named Ryan Calo one of the most influential people in robotics. This is a testament to Ryan’s hard work as well as the importance of the field he has chosen to commit time to. We’re currently in the middle of various legal and ethical decisions that will dictate the kind impact tech and AI will have on the human race. Ryan believes we need to be aware and educated about what’s going on so we can make informed decisions about the future.
Some of the other accolades that Calo can claim involve a number of board and advisory board positions. He’s on the board of the R Street Institute and is on the advisory board at the Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Future of Privacy Forum, the EFF, and many more (the list seems to get longer by the day).
As a professor, Ryan Calo was awarded the Phillip A. Trautman 1L Professor of the Year Award twice. This is a great honor and speaks to his work in the academic field. It’s impressive that he can balance so many different projects while still maintaining a high level of efficiency as a professor.
His background consists of a B.A. in Philosophy from Dartmouth, attending law school at the University of Michigan, being research fellow at Standford Law School Center for Internet and Society, and a clerkship in Washington D.C.
If you want to connect with Ryan Calo online you can find him on social media where he’s quite active. You can also keep an eye out for any of his new interviews and articles.