M. Ryan Calo

  • Stanford Center for Internet and Society

Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Associate Professor

School of Law

University of Washington

William H. Gates Hall
Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98195-3020

(206) 543-1580


Website: University of Washington faculty profile

Twitter: @rcalo

Issues: Artificial Intelligence, Internet, Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing and Privacy and Security

About M. Ryan Calo

Ryan Calo is the Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Associate 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, an 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 he has organized events on behalf of the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Obama White House. 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).


Business Insider named Professor Calo one of the most influential people in robotics. In 2011, Professor Calo co-founded the annual robotics law and policy conference We Robot with Michael Froomkin and Ian Kerr. 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.


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



J.D., University of Michigan, 2005
B.A., Philosophy, Dartmouth College, 1999