Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson
Policy Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Ashley Johnson is a policy analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. She researches and writes about Internet policy issues such as privacy, security, and platform regulation. She was previously at the BSA Foundation and holds a master’s degree in security policy from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brigham Young University.

Recent Publications

December 11, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the widespread adoption of digital technologies that make

December 8, 2020

Many countries are waking up to realize localization is bad policy and are taking steps to roll back such measures. But it appears not enough policymakers learned their lesson, as history seems to be repeating itself with another emerging technology: drones.

November 25, 2020

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) last week agreed to a settlement after the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a civil lawsuit alleging that some of the association’s policies were anticompetitive. This is a major step toward increasing competition in real estate, but the Justice Department should still do more, particularly to increase data sharing that would enable innovative business models to flourish.

November 18, 2020

There’s no way to give law enforcement and other good actors access to encrypted communications without also weakening encryption and giving criminals and malicious state actors easier access to sensitive data.

November 4, 2020

California’s Proposition 24, which amended the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA), passed on Tuesday, forcing businesses that have already struggled to comply with the CCPA’s onerous and costly obligations to start over with a new set of even more burdensome rules. Notably, it removed one of the CCPA’s only positive, common-sense provisions: its 30-day notice and cure period, which gives businesses a grace period to avoid penalties if they fix violations within 30 days.

October 1, 2020

According to DuckDuckGo, Google’s auction method for determining which search engines appear in the preference menu is a “pay-to-play” system that prices some search engines, like itself, out of the market. There are several flaws in DuckDuckGo’s arguments.

September 24, 2020

Two Senators want to prevent platforms from censoring conservative opinions, but the changes their bills make to Section 230 would impede platforms’ ability to moderate content in a way that protects both their users’ safety and freedom of expression.

September 3, 2020

Amazon’s FAA approval for Prime Air delivery drones is a promising step toward the next big innovation in package delivery and a major step forward for e-commerce.

August 10, 2020

The Australian government released a draft mandatory code of conduct that would force tech companies like Google and Facebook to pay news publishers for displaying their stories, following in the misguided footsteps of multiple European countries that have attempted similar regulations.

August 7, 2020

A growing number of policymakers want to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which states that online services are not legally responsible for content their users post, but the latest proposal under the spotlight still misses the mark.

July 17, 2020

As China emerges as a global economic and technological leader, what threats do its products pose to U.S. national security?

July 10, 2020

Online child exploitation is a serious problem that Congress should continue to investigate and law enforcement should continue to prosecute, but Congress should look for options that do not limit free speech and privacy or unnecessarily expose Internet companies to expensive lawsuits.

Recent Events and Presentations

May 27, 2020

ITIF hosted a video webinar to discuss the cybersecurity risks facing workers, students, and organizations during the pandemic and how policymakers can help them become more resilient and better prepared to face future challenges.