Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson
Research Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Ashley Johnson is a research 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

June 8, 2020

Companies that rely on advertising revenue or other business models involving user data already pay taxes on their profits. Taxing them a second time for the data they collect doesn’t make sense, and it would unbalance the Internet ecosystem and put a price on many of the free services consumers currently enjoy.

June 3, 2020

Trump should be careful of what he asks for because striking down Section 230 could very well have the opposite effect of what he intends.

May 7, 2020

Food delivery apps are an important tool for enabling physical distancing and keeping people fed and restaurants in business during these uncertain times. Disrupting a competitive market that provides such an important service is, now more than ever, a bad idea.

March 11, 2020

Law enforcement authorities complain encryption makes it impossible for them to decipher the communications of criminals and terrorists, so they argue tech companies offering encrypted products and

February 7, 2020

Congress may not be ever able to entirely eradicate digital piracy, but it should strive for better policies and stronger enforcement to bring piracy levels down to a minimum.

January 15, 2020

Prohibiting this technology would be an overreaction to the perceived risks.

January 6, 2020

Autonomous vehicles are the future of transportation, but so far, the United States is unprepared for them. Congress needs to act swiftly to establish consistent industry regulations that allow companies to safely test and deploy these vehicles, or it risks delaying their arrival.

December 13, 2019

California’s recently enacted data privacy law is an ill-advised model for the rest of the country. It is critical that Congress move forward with bipartisan federal legislation to create a single national standard for data privacy that balances consumer welfare and innovation.

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.