Daniel Castro

Daniel Castro
Vice President, ITIF, and Director, Center for Data Innovation
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

September 16, 2020

Citizens and businesses rely on government websites to access important information and services. Unfortunately, many Colombian government websites fail to meet basic website standards for security, speed, mobile friendliness, and accessibility.

September 15, 2020

Unfortunately, some people are exploiting the pandemic for their own gain.

September 14, 2020

Threatening to make it harder for the U.K. to engage in digital trade with the EU is a misguided move that will cause the EU to only fall further behind in the digital economy. To stay competitive post-Brexit and in the digital economy, the EU should ensure its data protection framework facilitates rather than obstructs data transfers with the U.K. and allow easier international transfers with more countries.

September 2, 2020

As schools embark on a year of virtual or hybrid learning, hackers are seeking to exploit weaknesses in systems largely unprepared to fend off attacks. States must take the lead by updating technology and training users.

August 31, 2020

In early August, Secretary Pompeo announced the administration was establishing a significantly expanded “Clean Network” program that would include five new priorities. While some of these new priorities are legitimate—such as data privacy and security—others model the type of protectionist policies that the United States has traditionally opposed.

August 7, 2020

A growing number of policymakers want to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which states that online services are not legally responsible for content their users post, but the latest proposal under the spotlight still misses the mark.

August 7, 2020

The possible prohibition on U.S. companies selling to Tencent, owner of WeChat, or using its services to sell their own products in China does nothing to protect the security or privacy of Americans. It only harms U.S. companies and jobs.

July 13, 2020

Law enforcement argues that “warrant-proof” encryption presents a unique and urgent threat by preventing them from accessing user data. But history shows that government efforts to subvert encryption would negatively impact individuals and businesses. As such, banning the technology is not the answer.

July 10, 2020

Online child exploitation is a serious problem that Congress should continue to investigate and law enforcement should continue to prosecute, but Congress should look for options that do not limit free speech and privacy or unnecessarily expose Internet companies to expensive lawsuits.

July 8, 2020

As the demands of remote government work extend from weeks to months, public-sector agencies must begin exploring tools like augmented and virtual reality for improved communication and collaboration.

June 29, 2020

California is racing towards imposing a sweeping new privacy law that would cost businesses billions and stands to be overruled in just a few years.

June 16, 2020

Regardless of where one stands on police reform, banning facial recognition for law enforcement makes little sense. To understand the reasons, consider some of the most popular ideas for responding to police violence.

Recent Events and Presentations

November 13, 2020

Please join ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation for a conversation with Ryan Abbott on his new book The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law.

October 2, 2020

Please join ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation for a conversation with Julia Lane about her new book Democratizing Our Data: A Manifesto.

July 14, 2020

ITIF hosted a discussion on the implications of current legislative proposals, the efficacy and feasibility of creating “backdoors” for law enforcement to access encrypted data, and the impact these requirements would have on law-abiding American citizens and businesses.

June 17, 2020

ITIF hosted a discussion about how the FCC may shape the debate about Section 230. FCC Commissioner Starks provided introductory remarks and discussed these issues with ITIF Vice President Daniel Castro. Following this discussion, panelists will offered reactions to the Commissioner’s remarks.

April 29, 2020

ITIF hosted a video webinar to discuss the rapid changes that have occurred in telehealth, their implications for patients and providers, and the actions policymakers still need to take to unlock the full potential of the technology.

April 21, 2020

ITIF hosted a video webinar to discuss what is needed to provide more technological innovation in the classroom.

April 15, 2020

Modern government websites should be fast, secure, and reliable. Unfortunately, over half of state unemployment insurance websites crashed in the past few weeks as Americans went online to apply for benefits. ITIF hosted a video webinar to discuss initial lessons learned and best practices for building modern e-government solutions.

April 9, 2020

ITIF hosted a video webinar to discuss the implications of the pandemic on society, industry, and individuals and what organizations and governments need to do to cope.

April 1, 2020

ITIF hosted a video webinar where panelists offered different perspectives about how policymakers should strike the right balance on privacy, both during and after a pandemic.

March 12, 2020

ITIF hosted a panel discussion about the emerging trends in the spread of deepfakes, the capabilities of the technology, and the opportunities available for the public and private sector to respond to these challenges.

December 5, 2019

ITIF hosted a conversation about the potential applications of facial recognition technology, industry best practices in the use of the technology, and policies that spur innovation and deployment while preserving privacy and security.

September 10, 2019

ITIF's Center for Data Innovation hosted a keynote address by Michael Kratsios, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, and a panel discussion on the state of the global AI race and how policymakers can continue to support U.S. leadership in AI.