I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky. I am a law and technology scholar, with primary research interests in privacy and surveillance (particularly within the contexts of policing and criminal justice), criminal law, and criminal procedure. At UK, I teach courses on Cybercrime (computer crime law), Internet and E-Commerce Regulation (internet law), and Issues in ICT Policy.

My recent and on-going projects include research into the adoption of police body-worn cameras, the public disclosure of body camera footage and automated license (number) plate recognition databases, citizen video of police conduct, information seeking and technology use by undocumented/irregular immigrants, and the experiences of undocumented immigrants with, and perceptions of, state and private surveillance along international borders. I have published widely in law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, including the Indiana Law JournalNorth Carolina Law ReviewUC Irvine Law Review (forthcoming), Law & Social Inquiry, New Media & SocietyGovernment Information Quarterly, The Information Society, Surveillance & Society, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Maine Law Review, and Creighton Law Review (among others).  I have co-edited two books, Surveillance, Privacy, and Public Space (Routledge, 2019), and Privacy in Public Space: Conceptual and Regulatory Challenges (Edward Elgar, 2017). I am also currently writing a monograph for The MIT Press, based on my socio-legal research into body-worn camera deployment by multiple American police agencies, and I am also editing a book on police body-worn camera policy and practice for Routledge.

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 CIPPIC at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Ottawa, Ontario). Prior to coming to the University of Kentucky, I was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

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. In 2018, I edited a special symposium section in Law & Social Inquiry on “Visual Data and the Law,” and in 2016, I co-edited a special debate section on police body cameras for Surveillance & Society.


Academic Positions

  • Present2017

    Assistant Professor

    University of Kentucky, School of Information Science

  • 20172015

    Post-Doctoral Researcher

    Tilburg University, Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

  • 20152011

    Research/Teaching Assistant (Doctoral Student)

    University of Washington, The Information School

  • 20142014

    Adjunct Instructor

    Bellevue College

  • 20112010

    Adjunct Instructor

    Utah Valley University


  • Ph.D. 2015

    Ph.D. in Information Science

    University of Washington (Seattle)

  • M.S. 2013

    M.S. in Information Science

    University of Washington (Seattle)

  • J.D. 2010

    J.D. (Law)

    University of California, Davis School of Law

  • B.S. 2006

    B.S. in Multimedia Communication Technology

    Utah Valley State College

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Location Tracking by Police: The Regulation of ‘Tireless and Absolute Surveillance’

Bert-Jaap Koops, Bryce Clayton Newell, and Ivan Škorvánek
UC Irvine Law Review, Vol. 9 (forthcoming, Spring 2019)
Publication year: 2019

Surveillance, Privacy and Public Space

Bryce Clayton Newell, Tjerk Timan, and Bert-Jaap Koops (editors)
Publication year: 2019

Context, Visibility, and Control: Police Work and the Contested Objectivity of Bystander Video

Bryce Clayton Newell
New Media & Society (early access version available now)
Publication year: 2018

Officer Discretion And The Choice To Record: Officer Attitudes Towards Body-Worn Camera Activation

Bryce Clayton Newell, Ruben Greidanus
North Carolina Law Review 96 (xx): xx-xx (forthcoming)
Publication year: 2018

Privacy as Antipower: In Pursuit of Non-Domination

Foreword (invited)
Bryce Clayton Newell
European Data Protection Law Review 4(1): 12-16
Publication year: 2018

The Reasonableness of Remaining Unobserved: A Comparative Analysis of Visual Surveillance and Voyeurism in Criminal Law

Bert-Jaap Koops, Bryce Clayton Newell, Andrew Roberts, Ivan Škorvánek, Maša Galič
Law & Social Inquiry 43 (4): 1210-1235
Publication year: 2018

Privacy in Public Space: Conceptual and Regulatory Challenges

Tjerk Timan, Bryce Clayton Newell, and Bert-Jaap Koops (editors)
Edward Elgar Publishing (Elgar Law, Technology and Society series)
Publication year: 2017