About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of media law and policy in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon, where I teach courses on media, internet, and cybercrime law and policy. My institutional page is available here.

My book, Police Visibility: Privacy, Surveillance, and the False Promise of Body-Worn Cameras is under contract and forthcoming in Spring 2021 with University of California Press.

My teaching and research are focused on issues of  law and technology, surveillance, media/internet law, and information law and politics. My primary research interests are in privacy and surveillance (particularly within the contexts of policing, criminal justice, and immigration), access to information, and aspects of criminal law and criminal procedure that pertain to the use of ICTs by police or members of society. I am also Dialogue Editor for Surveillance & Society, the international surveillance studies journal, and a Board Member of the Surveillance Studies Network (SSN) (a registered UK charity/nonprofit organization).

My research has been published in high-impact peer-reviewed social science journals (such as New Media & Society, Government Information Quarterly, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIS&T), The Information Society, Law & Social Inquiry, and Surveillance & Society); law reviews (including Indiana Law Journal, North Carolina Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, UC Irvine Law Review, and BYU Law Review); peer-reviewed, archival conference proceedings; and a number of edited books. I have edited three books: Police on Camera: Surveillance, Privacy, and Accountability (Routledge, in press), Surveillance, Privacy and Public Space (Routledge, 2019), and Privacy in Public Space: Conceptual and Regulatory Challenges (Edward Elgar, 2017).

I earned my Ph.D. in Information Science at the University of Washington, where I was affiliated with the Tech Policy Lab, the Value Sensitive Design Research Lab, the Comparative Law and Society Studies (CLASS) Center, and the Program on Values in Society. I received my Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law. I am licensed to practice law in California (currently inactive), and was a 2013 Google Policy Fellow, hosted by the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Ottawa, Ontario).

Prior to coming to the University of Oregon, I was an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky (Information Science with a joint appointment in Sociology) and, before that, a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) within the Law School at Tilburg University (in the Netherlands).

My documentary and video production work has been exhibited at museums in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, and has been screened at film festivals and on university campuses across the United States. I have discussed my research on NPR (All Things Considered) and written about body-worn cameras for Slate. My research has been cited in a variety of academic journals as well as the New York Times Magazine.

Surveillance cameras located at the US-Mexico border.

Surveillance cameras located at the US-Mexico border. © 2014, Bryce Newell.