Margot Kaminski

Associate Professor of Law

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Drive
Wolf Law Building Room 417
Boulder, CO  80309
Office: 417
Phone: (303) 735-5218

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Margot Kaminski is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Law and the Director of the Privacy Initiative at Silicon Flatirons. She specializes in the law of new technologies, focusing on information governance, privacy, and freedom of expression. Recently, her work has examined autonomous systems, including AI, robots, and drones (UAS). In 2018, she researched comparative and transatlantic approaches to sensor privacy in the Netherlands and Italy as a recipient of the Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grant. Her academic work has been published in UCLA Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Boston University Law Review, and Southern California Law Review, among others, and she frequently writes for the popular press.

Prior to joining Colorado Law, Margot was an Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (2014-2017), and served for three years as the Executive Director of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, where she remains an affiliated fellow. She is a co-founder of the Media Freedom and Information Access (MFIA) Clinic at Yale Law School. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Fairbanks, Alaska.


Binary Governance, S. CAL. L. REV. (2019).
The Right to Explanation, Explained, 34 BERKELEY TECH. L. J. (2019).


Privacy and the Right to Record, 97 B.U. L. REV. 167 (2017).
Kaminski (with Toni Massaro and Helen Norton), Siri-ously 2.0: What Free Speech Rights for Artificial Intelligence Reveal about the First Amendment, 101 MINN. L. REV. 2481 (2017).
Kaminski (with Guy Rub), Copyright's Framing Problem, 64 UCLA L. REV. 1102 (2017).
Authorship, Disrupted: AI Authors in Copyright and First Amendment Law, 51 UC DAVIS L. REV. 589 (2017).
Regulating Real-World Surveillance, 90 WASH. L. REV. 1113 (2015).
Kaminski (with Shane Witnov), The Conforming Effect: First Amendment Implications of Surveillance, Beyond Chilling Speech, 49 U. RICH. L. REV. 465 (2015).
The Capture of International Intellectual Property Law through the U.S. Trade Regime, 87 S. CAL. L. REV. 977 (2014).
Copyright Crime and Punishment: The First Amendment's Proportionality Puzzle, 73 MD. L. REV. 587 (2014).
Drone Federalism: Civilian Drones and the Things They Carry, 4 CALIF. L. REV. CIR. 57 (2013).
Real Masks and Real Name Policies: Applying Anti-Mask Case Law to Anonymous Online Speech, 23 FORDHAM INTELL. PROP. MEDIA & ENT. L.J. 815 (2013).

Book Chapters


Symposia, Invited Essays, and Short Articles

Carpenter v. United States: Big Data is Different, Geo. Wash. L. Rev. On the Docket (Oct. Term 2017), July 2 2018.
Authorship, Disrupted: AI Authors in Copyright and First Amendment Law, 51 U.C. Davis Law Review 589 (2017).
Kaminski (with Cindy Grimm, Matthew Rueben, and William D. Smart), Averting Robot Eyes, 76 MD. L. REV. 983 (2017).
Standing after Snowden, 66 DEPAUL L. REV. 413 (2017).
When the Default is No Penalty: Negotiating Privacy at the NTIA, 94 DEN. L. REV. 923 (2016-17).
Robots in the Home: What Will We Have Agreed To?, 51 IDAHO L. REV. 661 (2015).

Policy Briefs

Worked with Technology Law and Policy Clinic to file comments on privacy to the National Telecommunication and Information Administration.
First Amendment Law Professors Brief in Fields v. Philadelphia in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, supporting a "right to record" law enforcement officials in public places, October 31, 2016.
First Amendment Legal Scholars Brief in Wikimedia v. NSA in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, challenging "Upstream" NSA Internet Surveillance, February 24, 2016.
Kaminski (with Amie Stepanovich, & Nabiha Syed), Filed comments on drones and privacy to the National Telecommunication and Information Administration,

Popular Press

Kaminski (with W. Nicholson Price II, Timo Minssen, Kayte Spector-Bagdady), Shadow health records meet new data privacy laws, SCIENCE, (Feb. 01, 2019).
Brett Kavanaugh has Some Alarmingly Outdated Views about Privacy, SLATE, (July 12, 2018).
Kaminski (with Kate Klonick), Facebook, Free Expression, and the Power of a Leak, THE NEW YORK TIMES, (June 27, 2017).
Enough with the Sunbathing Teenager Gambit, SLATE, (May 17, 2016).
What the Scarlett Johansson Robot Says about the Future, SLATE, (Apr. 7, 2016).
Don't Keep the Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks Secret, THE NEW YORK TIMES, (Apr. 14, 2015).
Toward defining privacy expectations in an age of oversharing, THE ECONOMIST, (Aug. 16, 2018).
Privacy is Not a Barrier to Trade, SLATE, (June 4, 2015).
Up in the Air: The free-speech problems raised by regulating drones, SLATE, (Nov. 25, 2014).
Up in the Air: States shouldn't wait until courts weigh in to place limits on drone surveillance, SLATE, (Sep. 5, 2014).
The Supreme Court's Cloud-Computing Confusion, THE NEW REPUBLIC, (June 26, 2014).
PRISM's Legal Basis: How We Got Here, and What We Can Do to Get Back, THE ATLANTIC, (June 7, 2013).


Fall 2021 Information Privacy and Cybersecurity LAWS 6361-801
Spring 2021 Property LAWS 5624-802
Spring 2021 Seminar: Advanced Information Privacy LAWS 8361-801
Spring 2020 Property LAWS 5624-803
Spring 2020 Seminar: Computers and the Law LAWS 8321-801
Fall 2019 Information Privacy and Cybersecurity LAWS 6361-801
Spring 2019 Property LAWS 5624-802
Fall 2018 Introduction to Intellectual Property Law LAWS 6301-801
Fall 2018 Introduction to Intellectual Property Law LAWS 6301-902
Fall 2018 Information Privacy and Cybersecurity LAWS 6361-801
Fall 2018 Information Privacy and Cybersecurity LAWS 6361-902