Apr 25, 2019

Paper Co-Authored by Deirdre Mulligan Wins Award at We Robot Legal Conference

From Robotics Business Review

Humans Collaborate on Robotics Policy Issues at We Robot Legal Conference

By Joanne Pransky

The We Robot legal conferences, held since 2012, have always been unique from other robot conferences in its purpose and format. The goal is to foster conversations between people designing, building and deploying robots, and those who design or influence the legal and social structures in which robots will be deployed. This year’s version, hosted at the University of Miami Law School earlier this month, was no different...

The Best Senior Scholars Paper was awarded to “Through the Handoff Lens: Are Autonomous Vehicles No-Win for Driver-Passengers,” authored by Jake Goldenfein (Cornell Tech); Deirdre Mulligan (UC Berkeley School of Information) and Helen Nissenbaum (Cornell Tech). In response to how the transport models described by technology companies, car manufacturers, and researchers each generate different political and ethical consequences for users, the paper introduced the analytical lens of “handoff” for understanding the ramifications of different configurations of actors and components associated with three archetypes of autonomous vehicles – fully driverless cars, advanced driver assist systems, and connected cars...


Deirdre K. Mulligan is an associate professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, a faculty director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, and an affiliated faculty of the Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity.

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September 27, 2019