Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson
Senior Policy Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Ashley Johnson is a senior 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

May 17, 2022

A federal appeals court ruled on May 11, 2022, that Texas can enforce its recently enacted social media law, which prohibits social media platforms with over 50 million monthly active users in the United States from “censoring” users.

May 4, 2022

Blaming social media for weakening democracy globally also seems to be an incomplete portrayal that ignores many other factors at play.

April 28, 2022

It is a mistake to think that the Internet needs to be governed by one set of laws. Just as nations have different laws in the offline world, they should have different laws in the online world depending on their values, institutions, and legal traditions.

March 26, 2022

Antitrust is the wrong tool to address content moderation—and weaponizing antitrust because of animus to certain companies is simply wrong.

February 22, 2022

Over the course of a few days, multiple music artists and podcasters have removed their music and podcasts from popular streaming service Spotify, protesting COVID-19 misinformation on The Joe Rogan Experience.

February 18, 2022

As Congress drags its feet on passing federal data-privacy legislation, state and local governments will continue to try filling in the gaps without considering the potential economic impact.

January 24, 2022

Data privacy legislation has been on the Congressional to-do list for years, but as more states consider their own comprehensive privacy laws and Europe’s privacy regulation approaches its fifth anniversary, the federal government continues to lag behind.

January 20, 2022

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) on Tuesday introduced the Banning Surveillance Advertising Act, which would undermine one of the key pillars of the Internet economy, targeted advertising.

December 8, 2021

The White House is set to announce the details of its “Alliance for the Future of the Internet,” a proposed coalition of democratic nations charged with developing a set of principles for a secure and trusted Internet based on shared democratic values.

November 30, 2021

Opponents of facial recognition technologies frequently try to pit the debate as one between the government and ordinary Americans.

September 16, 2021

In a decision that will have far-reaching effects on the social media and online news landscape in Australia, the nation’s High Court ruled on September 8, 2021, that Australian media companies can be held liable for defamatory comments by users on their company’s social media posts.

September 3, 2021

So far, different platforms have taken slightly different approaches to moderating content from the Taliban, but the matter is far from settled. As the Taliban consolidates power, the United States should work with other democratic governments and institutions to form a consensus on how social media should handle content from the Taliban and its sympathizers.

Recent Events and Presentations

June 15, 2022

It’s been nearly a decade since the FTC updated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule, which implements the law that governs the collection of personal information from children

November 9, 2021

ITIF hosted a discussion on how Congress and social media platforms can balance free speech and harm reduction in the regulation and moderation of political speech online.

July 15, 2021

ITIF hosted an expert panel discussion on federal government web accessibility and policy proposals for agencies to improve their compliance.

February 25, 2021

ITIF hosted a discussion of these issues with leading experts on intermediary liability, free speech, and content moderation to discuss the current debate surrounding Section 230 and how the debate may unfold in the coming year.

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.