Centers Of Excellence

Institute for Technology, Law & Policy

The Institute for Technology, Law & Policy undertakes cross-disciplinary research to learn how both established and emerging technologies influence society, privacy, law and public policy.


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.

A partnership between UCLA School of Law and UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, the Institute for Technology, Law & Policy examines the benefits and risks presented by technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics, cybersecurity and digital media and communications.

These and other rapidly evolving technologies raise questions germane to the outcome of ethical and public policy issues, the applicability and utility of current laws and regulations that govern their use.

Upcoming Events

The recent Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which overruled a half century of precedent supporting a constitutional right to abortion access, has sent shockwaves across the legal community. In the tech space, the ruling raises difficult privacy and security questions related to how the digital surveillance economy may be weaponized to track women seeking healthcare services. Content moderation challenges are also being reconsidered, in light of reports that Facebook has been removing posts offering abortifacients by mail. Even the First Amendment is engaged, amid reports that some state legislatures are considering new laws criminalizing websites that "encourage" illegal abortion services.

This panel, which is co-sponsored by the UCLA Institute for Technology, Law & Policy and the Center on Reproductive Health, Law, and Policy, brings together leading experts on cybersecurity, freedom of speech, and reproductive rights to discuss the tech policy landscape in the aftermath of Dobbs.

To register, please visit:

Information about past events can be found on our previous events page. 

ITLP Small Grants Program 

The UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy (ITLP) invites applications from students at all levels, as well as faculty, for interdisciplinary projects aimed at addressing a pressing technology and policy issue.
The goals of this small grants program include:

  • Supporting the educational and professional development of UCLA students.
  • Fostering inter-disciplinary research at UCLA.
  • Generating innovating new solutions to challenges at the interface of law and technology.

For more information, please visit here: request for proposals


The Destabilization Experiment

The Destabilization Experiment, an ideas series produced in partnership between Rest of World and the UCLA Institute for Technology, Law & Policy, explores the multifaceted ways that social media has impacted the political discourse around the world, to answer the question: What impact is social media having on democracies around the world?

Who We Are


Public Comment Regarding Public Forum on Domestic Terrorism, Notice PCLOB-2022-01 - Submission by Alessia Zornetta, Courtney Radsch, Vidushi Marda, and Michael Karanicolas 

Analysis of Pakistan's Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight, and Safeguards) Rules, 2021 - A Report Written by ITLP Student Researchers and Executive Director, Michael Karanicolas



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Professor Mark P. McKenna Joins the Institute for Technology, Law & Policy as Faculty Co-Director

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