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

May 21, 2018

Instead of overregulating, governments should adopt a policy framework based on the principle of “algorithmic accountability” to promote innovation while holding human operators responsible for harmful outcomes.

April 27, 2018

As part of the Washington Post’s annual “Spring Cleaning” feature, ITIF’s Daniel Castro says it’s time to get rid of Social Security numbers.

April 16, 2018

While some lawmakers prepared for the high-profile hearings with well thought-out questions, some seemed to misunderstand how social networks and the digital economy works writes Daniel Castro in Innovation Files.

April 12, 2018

Putting a nonprofit in charge of a social media platform like Facebook would decrease the security of consumers’ personal data, damage the digital ecosystem, and ultimately lead to less innovation in online services, leaving consumers worse off.

April 10, 2018

As ITIF’s Daniel Castro writes for The Hill, privacy rules like those in Europe probably would not have prevented the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but they would have stymied the U.S. digital economy and hurt consumers.

April 1, 2018

One of the biggest challenges that organizations face as they try to keep up with the growing number of cyberattacks is finding workers with the right skills, ITIF’s Daniel Castro writes for Government Technology Magazine.

March 26, 2018

The EU’s new data privacy rules, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will have a negative impact on the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe, putting EU firms at a competitive disadvantage compared with their competitors in North America and Asia.

March 7, 2018

It would be a mistake to allow Messenger Kids to become the next casualty in the campaign for an innovation-free childhood.

March 2, 2018

The process of redrawing district boundaries every ten years is prone to political gamesmanship. As ITIF's Daniel Castro writes for GovTech, the best solution might be to simply take humans out of the loop and put an algorithm in charge.

February 26, 2018

In an op-ed for Law360, ITIF’s Daniel Castro and Alan McQuinn outline four ways incoming Chairman Joseph Simons can balance the FTC’s consumer protection duties while allowing innovation to proceed apace.

February 25, 2018

In an op-ed for TechCrunch, Daniel Castro and Alan McQuinn call on Congress to close a loophole that could allow police to use a Fourth Amendment exception to conduct digital searches of connected cars without warrants.

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.

Recent Events and Presentations

June 28, 2018

Please join ITIF for an expert panel discussion on how policymakers can protect consumer and business access to encryption and put in place policies that both encourage advances in cryptography and protect the rule of law.

May 22, 2018

Join the Center for Data Innovation for a presentation of its new report and a panel discussion on how policymakers can hold algorithms accountable while accelerating adoption of AI.

April 19, 2018

Please join ITIF for a panel discussion on the merits of granting law enforcement agencies this additional authority, as well as additional steps policymakers can take to ensure safety, bolster U.S. competitiveness, and encourage commercial innovation in drone technology.

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.