Vivek Krishnamurthy

Associate Professor
Director, Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Drive
Wolf Law Building
Boulder, CO  80309
Office: 105U
Phone: (303) 492-0209

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Vivek Krishnamurthy is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law and Policy Clinic (TLPC) at the University of Colorado Law School.

Vivek's teaching, scholarship, and clinical legal practice focus on the complex regulatory and human rights-related challenges that arise in cyberspace. He advises governments, activists, and companies on the human rights impacts of new technologies and is a frequent public commentator on emerging technology and public policy issues.

Vivek was previously the Samuelson-Glushko Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa, where he served as the director of CIPPIC--the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic. He is a Rhodes Scholar and clerked for the Hon. Morris J. Fish of the Supreme Court of Canada upon his graduation from Yale Law School. Vivek is currently a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, a Senior Associate of the Human Rights Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, an Associate Member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa, and an alternate member of the Global Network Initiative's Board of Directors.


Quantum Technology and Human Rights: An Agenda for Collaboration, 7 QUANTUM SCI. & TECH 44003 (2022).
With Great (Computing) Power Comes Great (Human Rights) Responsibility: Cloud Computing and Human Rights, 7 BUS. H. R. J. 226 (2022).
A Tale of Two Privacy Laws, 114 AM. J. INT'L. L. UNBOUND 26 (2020).
Are Internet Protocols the New Human Rights Protocols? Understanding RFC 8280 - Research into Human Rights Protocol Considerations, 4 BUS. H. R. J. 163 (2019).
The Myth of Platform Neutrality, (with Anupam Chander) 2 GEO. L. TECH. REV. 400 (2018).
Colonial Cousins: Explaining India and Canada's Unwritten Constitutional Principles, 34 YALE J. INT'L L. 207 (2009).

Other Publications

Canadian Commission on Democratic Expression Final Report 2021-22: How to Make Online Platforms More Transparent and Accountable to Canadian Users, (with Rick Anderson, Wendy Chun, Nathalie Des Rosiers, Amira Elghawaby, Merelda Fiddler-Potter, Edward Greenspon, Philip N. Howard, The Rt. Hon. Beverly McLachlin, and Taylor Owen) (May 2022).
Media Freedom and Technological Change, (with Mark Latonero, Rachel Kuchma, Elif Nur Kumru, and Genevieve Plumptre) Carr Center Discussion Paper Series (August 2021).
Vaccine Ins and Outs: An Exploration of the Legal Issues Raised by Vaccine Passports, (with Bryan Thomas, Colleen M. Flood, Vivek Krishnamurthy, Ryan Tanner, and Kumanan Wilson) C.D. Howe Institute Working Paper (July 2021).
This Land is MY Land: An Insider's Account of the 1974 Mohawk Attempt to Reclaim New York State, Foreword to Louis Grumet and John M. Caher (Troy, NY: The Troy Book Makers, 2021).
Overhauling the Online Harms Proposal in Canada: A Human Rights Approach, (with Yuan Stevens) Comments submitted to the Department of Canadian Heritage (September 2021).
CDA 230 Goes North American? Examining the Impacts of the USMCA's Intermediary Liability Provisions in Canada and the United States, (with Jessica Fjeld, et al.) ( July 2020).
Comments of Privacy Researchers on Proposals for Ensuring Appropriate Regulation of Artificial Intelligence, (collaboration with TLPC at Colorado Law School) Submitted to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada on behalf of 25 privacy researchers (Mar. 13, 2020).
Assessing the Assessments: Lessons from Early State Experiences in the Procurement and Implementation of Risk Assessment Tools, (with Christopher Bavitz, Sam Bookman, Jonathan Eubank, and Kira Hessekiel) Berkman Klein Center Research Pub. No. 2018-08 (Dec. 7, 2018).
Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights: Opportunities and Risks, (with Filippo Raso, Hannah Hilligoss, Christopher T. Bavitz, and Levin Kim) Berkman Klein Center Research Pub. No. 2018-06 (Sep. 24, 2018).
Brief Amicus Curiae of United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy Joseph Cannataci, U.S. v. Microsoft Corp, (with Mason Kortz) 584 U.S. ___ (U.S. Supreme Court, 2018) (No. 17-2).
Here, There, or Everywhere? Assessing the Geographic Scope of Content Takedown Orders, (with Alicia Solow-Niederman, Francisco Javier Careaga Franco, and Nani Jansen Reventlow) (Mar. 27, 2017).
Cloudy with a Conflict of Laws: How Cloud Computing Has Disrupted the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty System and Why It Matters, Berkman Center Research Pub. No 2016-03 (Feb. 16, 2016).
Managing User Rights Responsibly: A Guide for Early-Stage Companies, (with Dalia Ritvo and Sarah Altschuller) (Apr. 1, 2016).
Brief Amicus Curiae of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation in Support of the Appellants, Commonwealth v. Estabrook, (with Andrew Sellars) 472 Mass. 852 (Mass. Supreme Judicial Court, 2015).

Book Chapters

Cybersecurity and Human Rights: Understanding the Connection, (with Devony Schmidt, and Amy Lehr) in Human Rights Responsibilities in the Digital Age: States, Companies, and Individuals 19 (Jonathan Andrew & Frédéric Bernard, eds., 2021).
AI and Human Rights Law, in Artificial Intelligence and the Law in Canada 211 (Teresa Scassa & Florian Martin-Bariteau, eds., 2021).
Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights: A Contested Relationship, in Leading Legal Disruption: Artificial Intelligence and a Toolkit for Lawyers and the Law 377 (Pina D'Agostino et al., eds., 2021).
Boundless Courts and a Borderless Internet, in Internet Monitor 2014: Reflections on the Digital World 130 (Urs Gasser et al., eds., 2014).

Selected Press, Media & Publicity

How to Actually Regulate Social Media? | The Agenda with Steve Paikin-TVO | Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Alphabet, Netflix tempt Canada as source of cash for culture | Bloomberg News | Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Federal official blocked residential school survivor group's effort to identify missing children | CBC News | Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Defending the Facts | The House: CBC Radio | Saturday, March 19, 2022
War Propaganda and International Law: A Conversation with Vivek Krishnamurthy | The Sunday Show (Podcast), Tech Policy Press | Friday, March 18, 2022
Trudeau wants the 'foreign money' funding illegal protests in Canada to stop | National Post | Saturday, February 12, 2022
Les responsabilités sociaux des sites de sociofinancement | Les matins d'ici (Radio-Canada Ottawa-Gatineau) | Friday, February 4, 2022
NDP Calls for social media watchdog as scrutiny of Facebook heats up | Globe and Mail | Monday, October 18, 2021
Should Canada block websites that post terrorist content and child porn? Ottawa is considering it | | Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Des outils de surveillance canadiens au Myanmar | Le Devoir | Friday, March 12, 2021
The Complexity of Internet Content Regulation - A Conversation with CIPPIC's Vivek Krishnamurthy | Law Bytes Podcast with Michael Geist | Monday, February 22, 2021
On Section 230, it's Trump vs. Trump | Wired | Thursday, December 3, 2020
Big tech actions are not 'censorship' | Financial Post | Friday, October 23, 2020
A Human Rights Approach to AI | Humanity, Wired (Podcast Series of the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Human Rights Initiative) | Thursday, July 25, 2019
Human Rights in the Face of Emerging Technology | Justice Matters (Podcast Series of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School) | Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Un Américan fait un procès à l'État français pour récupérer le nom de domaine | | Wednesday, May 2, 2018
This Man Is Taking France to Court to Win Back | N.Y. Times | Tuesday, May 1, 2018
A Tweet to Kurt Eichenwald, a Strobe and a Seizure. Now, an Arrest | N.Y. Times | Friday, March 17, 2017
Politics Overshadows U.S. Tech Firms' Hopes for Entering Iran | NPR All Things Considered | Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Fall 2024 Technology Law and Policy Clinic LAWS 7809-801
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