Daniel Castro

Daniel Castro
Vice President
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Phone: 
202-626-5742

Daniel Castro is vice president at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and director of ITIF's Center for Data Innovation.

Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including privacy, security, intellectual property, Internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Bloomberg Businessweek. In 2013, Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of the “top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.” In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council.

Castro previously worked as an IT analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he audited IT security and management controls at various government agencies. He contributed to GAO reports on the state of information security at a variety of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In addition, Castro was a visiting scientist at the Software Engineering Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, where he developed virtual training simulations to provide clients with hands-on training of the latest information security tools.

He has a B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in information security technology and management from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

Recent Publications

February 14, 2018

A Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) proposal to block access to online piracy expands on successful efforts in other countries while imposing extraordinary safeguards to protect users’ digital rights, ITIF’s Daniel Castro and Alan McQuinn write in The Hill Times.

February 6, 2018

As Daniel Castro writes for FedScoop, the Trump administration will need to continue recruiting top technical talent to implement its agenda in the years ahead – including in the federal government’s digital startup, 18F.

January 16, 2018

While there is much excitement about autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles hold much more promise over the next decade or so. However, absent proactive public policies, especially to enable infrastructure to “talk” to vehicles, the development and adoption of connected vehicles will be suboptimal.

January 12, 2018

The growing use of artificial intelligence actually increases the potential for protecting consumers' privacy by reducing the number of humans who see their personal information.

January 9, 2018

While some policymakers are working to make housing more affordable, such as through targeted tax credits and lending programs, few have focused on how to use technology to drive down the transaction costs involved in buying and selling a home.

December 19, 2017

Data-driven solutions can help states cut costs and focus resources. Here’s how to get in on the action.

December 1, 2017

In the absence of federal action, states should allow consumers to freeze and unfreeze their credit at no cost; impose time limits on how long credit bureaus can take to unlock credit reports; and consider freezing reports by default.

November 27, 2017

A year after ITIF first collected data on the most popular federal websites, more than nine out of 10 continue to fall short of government and industry standards for design and development.

November 15, 2017

If the EU intends to build a Digital Single Market home to the next generation of tech companies, then it needs consistent policies that allow businesses in all sectors to take advantage of online advertising.

November 8, 2017

While the president called for a massive advertising campaign in the style of the “Just Say No” campaign, he did not announce any new funding for those on the frontlines, leaving entities such as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with little room to move.

November 6, 2017

In the real estate, financial services, and airline industries, some players use their market power to unfairly limit third parties accessing certain data, thereby hurting competition, innovation, and consumers.

October 30, 2017

While local governments can and should manage much of the evolution to “smart cities,” national governments have an important role to play as well in accelerating and coordinating their development. Indeed, the long-term success of smart cities will likely depend on whether national governments support their development.

Recent Events and Presentations

April 5, 2018

Join ITIF for a panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities to increase competition in the real estate industry through technological innovation, and the role that policymakers can play in using technology to make home ownership more affordable.

March 7, 2018

Please join ITIF for a panel discussion on the challenges associated with piracy from streaming media boxes, its impact on the creative industry, and steps policymakers can take to protect lawful U.S. businesses.

February 27, 2018

Join the Center for Data Innovation for a panel discussion about the risks to open government data, especially in agencies that are underfunded and understaffed, and what can be done to protect data in the years to come.

October 12, 2017

Many privacy advocates argue businesses should have a legal obligation to obtain affirmative consent from consumers before collecting and processing data. However, opt-in policies often have negative impacts on business. Join ITIF for a discussion about this ongoing policy debate including the latest research in privacy.

September 26, 2017

How can states use data innovation to grow the economy and address a range of societal challenges? Join Center for Data Innovation Director Daniel Castro and Paul Taylor, Chief Content Officer of eRepublic and Governing editor-at-large as they discuss the best states for data innovation and what others can learn from them.

March 8, 2017

In a new report, ITIF evaluates nearly 300 of the most popular federal websites, ranks them across a variety of metrics including performance, security, design, and makes recommendations for how the federal government can improve. Join ITIF for a presentation of the report’s findings as well as a panel discussion on how the new administration can improve the federal digital services.

February 22, 2017

In a new report, ITIF explores how the media has portrayed technology over the past 30 years and finds that there has been a notable shift in the tone of coverage towards a more pessimistic view of technology. Join ITIF for a presentation of the report findings as well as a panel discussion about trends in tech reporting and the way that citizens, businesses, and policymakers should adapt to this changing environment.

October 27, 2016

Join ITIF and Boston University to discuss the future of federal policies for smart cities and the cutting edge research and innovation that makes these advances possible.

October 18, 2016

Please join ITIF for the release of a new report that will provide an overview of the innovations in financial technology, their impact on consumers and businesses, and the principles that should guide policymakers as they seek to encourage continued innovation in this sector. Following a presentation of the report, a panel of experts will discuss specific policy priorities and opportunities that Congress and the administration should consider to increase innovation in financial services that will better serve consumers, businesses, and investors.

September 30, 2016

Join ITIF and an expert panel for a discussion about how policymakers can criminalize revenge porn, while protecting important speech on the Internet.

September 30, 2016

As part of National Health IT Week, please join ITIF and a panel of experts for a discussion about the future of medical data sharing and the steps Congress and the next administration can take to reduce health information blocking, give consumers access to their medical data, and fully realize the benefits of the health information revolution.

August 3, 2016

Join ITIF's Center for Data Innovation for a panel discussion on how policymakers and international development organizations can take advantage of new opportunities to collect and apply data to improve the effectiveness of international aid.