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

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.

February 22, 2021

As the United States debates potential reforms to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, it is important to understand and evaluate the alternative approaches that other countries have taken to intermediary liability.

February 22, 2021

In the wide-ranging debate over Section 230, there have been calls to keep the law as it is, repeal it entirely, or reform it. The best approach would be for Congress to pass targeted reforms that address specific harms without unduly burdening online services.

February 22, 2021

In the ongoing debate over whether and how to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, it is important to understand the law’s origins, meaning, and impact—because, for better or worse, it has shaped the modern Internet.

February 5, 2021

Banning targeted advertising, repealing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and imposing common carriage rules on big tech firms all would do nothing to resolve the tensions over online political speech, but they would be disastrous for consumers and business of all sizes.

January 22, 2021

Consumers and businesses are both better off with a single federal law than 50 inconsistent state laws, especially given the cross-border nature of the Internet.

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.

Recent Events and Presentations

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.