Patrick K. Lin
Patrick K. Lin is a lawyer and researcher focused on AI, privacy, and technology regulation. He is the author of Machine See, Machine Do, a book about how public institutions use technology to surveil, police, and make decisions about the public, as well as the historical biases that impact that technology.Patrick has extensive experience in litigation and policy, having worked for the ACLU, FTC, EFF, and other organizations that advocate for digital rights and social justice. He is passionate about addressing the ethical and legal challenges posed by emerging technologies, especially in the areas of surveillance, algorithmic bias, and accountability. He serves on the junior board of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP) and advises Snap Inc. as an AI specialist on its Safety Advisory Board.He is a frequent speaker on AI, civil rights law, the history and politics of surveillance, and technology regulation. Patrick has presented before a wide range of professional and academic groups, including Stanford University, UNC School of Law, State of the Net, Cloudflare TV, and various podcasts.He has a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and B.A. in Economics from NYU.
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Recent Events & Speaking Engagements
Digital Spaces & Public Goods, Responsible Tech Summit, Sept. 2023 (New York, NY).
What Does the FTC Investigation into OpenAI Mean for AI?, Business School of AI, Sept. 2023 (Virtual).
Intergenerational Youth Roundtable: Responsible AI, All Tech Is Human, May 2023 (New York, NY).
Generative AI: What Powerful New Tools Mean for Washington . . . and Homework, State of the Net Conference, Mar. 2023 (Washington, D.C.).
Legislating the Metaverse, Internet Law & Policy Foundry, Sept. 2022 (Virtual).
In the Loop: Human Error in the Deployment of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems, New York County Law Association: National/Cyber Security CLE Webinar, Dec. 2021 (Virtual).
Breaking into Responsible Tech, All Tech Is Human: Responsible Tech Summit, Dec. 2021 (Virtual).
Machine See, Machine Do: How Algorithms Mirror Discriminatory Police Practices, NYU A BETTER TECH: Public Interest Technology Convention, Oct. 2021 (Virtual).
Select Press & Appearances
What the FTC Investigation Into OpenAI Means for the Future of AI, Built In, written by Ellen Glover, Aug. 2023.
AI Bill of Rights: What You Should Know, Built In, written by Ellen Glover, June 2023.
AI Remains Unchecked: A Conversation with Patrick K. Lin, Public Seminar, written by Miko Yoshida, Mar. 2022.
Interview with Author of Machine See, Machine Do: How Technology Mirrors Bias in Our Criminal justice System, Cloudflare TV, Jan. 2022.
The Influence of Artificial Intelligence on the Criminal Justice System, Legal Mastermind Podcast, Jan. 2022.
A Conversation about AI, Automation, and How to Address Problems in Tech, Tech Story: The Doug Thompson Show, Dec. 2021.
A Conversation about AI in the Criminal Justice System and Automation, The Cyber Cafe, May 2021.
Retrofitting Fair Use: Art & Generative AI After Warhol, 64 Santa Clara Law Review (forthcoming 2024).
Fair’s Fair: How Public Benefit Considerations in the Fair Use Doctrine Can Patch Bias in Artificial Intelligence Systems, 11 Indiana Journal of Law & Social Equality 229 (2023).
The Cost of Training a Machine: Lighting the Way for a Climate-Aware Policy Framework that Addresses Artificial Intelligence’s Carbon Footprint Problem, 34 Fordham Environmental Law Review 1 (2023).
How to Save Face & the Fourth Amendment: Developing an Algorithmic Accountability Industry for Facial Recognition Technology in Law Enforcement, 33 Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology 189 (2023).
Select Op-Eds & Popular Writing
OpenAI Investigation Puts AI Companies on Notice, The Regulatory Review, Sept. 2023.
Lensa AI and the Non-Problem AI Art Tries to Solve, Tech Support, Dec. 2022.
The MTA’s Switch to OMNY Will Cost New Yorkers More Than Just Their Privacy, Surveillance Technology Oversight Project Blog, Oct. 2022.
The White House's AI Bill of Rights Has Bark—but Where’s the Bite?, Tech Support, Oct. 2022.
The Metaverse Already Exists. It’s Called Online Video Games., Tech Support, Aug. 2022.
How Data Privacy May Be Affected If Roe v. Wade Is Overturned, Tech Policy Press, June 2022.
Left to Their Own Devices: The Metaverse Is Not Being Built for You, Tech Policy Press, May 2022 (mentioned in Digital Bridge, Politico's weekly transatlantic tech newsletter).
Want to Access Your Taxes Online? The IRS is Going to Make You Send a Selfie., Tech Policy Press, Jan. 2022.
Toxic Spaces: How Environmental Justice and Criminal Justice Intersect, Fordham Environmental Law Review Blog, Oct. 2021.
Control+Art+Delete: How does Social Media Content Moderation Affect Artists?, ArtAsiaPacific, written with Juyoun Han, May 2021.
Does Artificial Intelligence Impact Hiring People with Disabilities?, ABILITY Magazine, written with Juyoun Han, Nov. 2020.
Get In Touch
Please complete this form to contact Patrick for media, research, writing, consulting, and speaking inquiries.Patrick has given speeches, presentations, and keynote addresses at universities, law schools, corporations, and conferences, including Stanford University, NYU, UNC School of Law, Forward Financing, Cloudflare TV, State of the Net, All Tech Is Human, and more — spanning audiences from all over the globe and from diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds.
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