Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson
Senior Policy Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Phone: 
202-524-5549

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 Software.org: 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

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.

August 23, 2021

Federal government agencies have missed multiple deadlines to transition from paper to web-based forms. Bringing government services into the digital age would build public trust, improve service and convenience, and reduce costs.

June 3, 2021

Despite legislative requirements, many federal government websites are not accessible for people with disabilities. This creates obstacles for millions of Americans, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic has moved many government services online.

June 2, 2021

Baltimore is now considering the nation’s most restrictive ban on facial recognition technology.

May 13, 2021

The IRS’ poor performance exemplifies the difficulty Americans with disabilities can face when trying to execute important and necessary tasks like paying their taxes, as well as the failure of many federal government agencies to provide equal access for all citizens.

April 28, 2021

Multiple states have introduced legislation to regulate drone operation by handing more power over to local authorities and imposing new rules and fees on drone usage.

April 7, 2021

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has quickly transformed from an obscure law known mostly to tech policy experts to a regular feature in public debates and policy discussions. What is this brief, 25-year-old law making headlines, and how could reforming or repealing it impact our daily lives?

March 1, 2021

AI promises to help cities save money, address infrastructure needs, and reduce emissions. But to unlock these benefits and help smart cities reach their full potential, the federal government has an important role to play in funding RD&D and facilitating cooperation.

February 22, 2021

Courts have generally interpreted Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act broadly, but they have identified some limits for when the law does not provide immunity from liability.

February 22, 2021

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has become a key battleground in the larger debate over free speech and content moderation. There are legitimate and illegitimate critiques about it—but they don’t negate the law’s many benefits.

Recent Events and Presentations

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.