Spring 2015 Cyberlaw Clinic students Jack Xu and Cecillia Xie joined the Clinic’s Managing Director Chris Bavitz on a trip to Seattle last month to participate in the WeRobot 2015 robotics law and policy conference at University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. Accompanied by Chelsea Barabas of the MIT Center for Civic Media, the Clinic’s representatives attended the conference to present their working draft paper entitled, “Legal and Ethical Issues in the Use of Telepresence Robots: Best Practices and Toolkit.” J. Nathan Matias, also of the Center for Civic Media, contributed to the paper but was unable to attend the event.
Chris, Jack, Cecillia, and Chelsea joined discussant Laurel Riek of Notre Dame for a panel discussion about the paper and, more broadly, about privacy and related concerns that arise in connection with the use of telepresence robots. The draft paper and panel discussion helped to lay the groundwork for development a broader law and policy toolkit examining legal concerns that arise in connection with the use of telepresence robots. Professor Riek’s approach — grounding the project in the literature of AI and robotics research — helped to guide the discussion, which focused on the Clinic’s methodology and the scope and scale of its work.
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