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.


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

Upcoming Events

  • February 16, 2022 - Privacy & Access Series: Open Contracting / Open Data  
  • February 22, 2022 - Argentina Facial Recognition Panel 
  • February 23, 2022 - Yale, NYU & ITLP: On Equity and Accountability        

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To stay up to date with previous ITLP events, visit our 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

  • Executive Director
  • Faculty Director
  • Fellows
  • Program Coordinator

    Alexandra Mata

    Program Coordinator
  • Student Researchers

    Leeza Arbatman

    Leeza Arbatman is a student at UCLA Law. At ITLP she is conducting research on the scope of First Amendment protection for anonymous online expression. In law school, she has taken part in UCLA's First Amendment "Pop Up" Clinic and California Environmental Legislation and Policy Clinic, and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Before coming to UCLA, she worked for a criminal justice organization and interned at NPR member station KQED. She earned her undergraduate degree in sociology at UC Santa Cruz.

    Bharath Gururagavendran

    Bharath Gururagavendran is an LLM student at UCLA, specializing in International & Comparative Law. At ITLP, he is researching challenges to freedom of expression and privacy, stemming from the deployment of facial recognition technology, and questions concerning the regulation of social media. After completing his undergraduate law degree in India, he was the recipient of the LAMP (Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament) Fellowship, and worked under Member of Parliament Shri. Asaduddin Owaisi. He is interested in researching challenges to Human Rights in the digital space from a Constitutional & International lens.

    Leo Huang

    Leo Huang is a J.D. candidate at UCLA law. He is conducting research on privacy issues regarding facial recognition and freedom of expression concerns regulating social media at the Institute for Technology, Law, and Policy. In addition, he enjoys thinking about challenging legal and societal issues technologies brought forth. Before law school, Leo worked as a technical specialist at Finnegan, focusing on patent drafting and prosecution. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from National Tsinghua University.

    Sarah Kamran

    Sarah Kamran is a third year law student at UCLA Law, with a J.D. expected May 2022. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and a B.A. in French in 2017. While at UCLA Law, she has focused primarily on intellectual property and technology law, and plans to practice law in that field following graduation

    Madeline Thorpe

    Lucia Chiban Zamar



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