Our Mission

The Tech, Law & Security Program (TLS) is a new initiative at American University Washington College of Law that will tackle the challenges and opportunities posed by emerging technology—offering innovative solutions, engaging our students, and training the leaders of tomorrow.

We will work across the public and private sectors, focus our attention on core and insufficiently understood challenges and opportunities, and help to ensure that technology is used to support the functioning of effective democracies and core democratic values, including privacy, security, freedom of speech, and the discernment of truth.

News & Events

TLS Faculty Affiliate Andrew Ferguson Quoted in Washington Post

TLS Faculty Affiliate Andrew Ferguson Quoted in Washington Post

Nov. 21, 2019

Alleged bank robber accuses police of illegally using Google location data to catch him.

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TLS Faculty Affiliate Andrew Ferguson Appears on Marketplace

TLS Faculty Affiliate Andrew Ferguson Appears on Marketplace

Nov. 22, 2019

Doorbell security cameras are a hot item — and hot topic — when it comes to privacy and security. Amazon owns the Ring security camera company, and with the customer’s permission, the company will share footage from the camera with police.

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TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal quoted in Washington Post

TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal quoted in Washington Post

Nov. 22, 2019

The Technology 202: Getting digital evidence can be hard for police. This bill would create a new office to help.

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TLS Board member Vivian Schiller Appointed to Lead Aspen Institute Program Examining the Role of Media and Technology in Society

TLS Board member Vivian Schiller Appointed to Lead Aspen Institute Program Examining the Role of Media and Technology in Society

Dec. 9, 2019

Following a national search, the Aspen Institute announced today that longtime media leader Vivian Schiller has been selected to fill a new role leading newly combined media and technology programs. She will join the program in early 2020. The new role brings together under one banner the three primary Institute policy programs focused on how technology is reshaping societies — the Communication & Society program, the Cybersecurity & Technology program, and the Center for Urban Innovation.

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