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

October 21, 2019

The Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing on October 22 to consider a bill that would enact a statewide of ban of government use of facial recognition technology. This is the latest overreaction to the fear, uncertainty, and doubt that activists have managed to harness into legislative action, and it risks far-reaching unintended consequences.

October 18, 2019

All too often, well-intentioned proposals aimed at protecting children result in rules that could limit innovation for the very population they are intended to help.

October 7, 2019

A national framework for digital economy rules would ensure the same protections for all U.S. residents, minimize transaction costs for businesses, enable opportunities to innovate, and increase efficiency in the policymaking process.

October 1, 2019

In a column for GovTech, Daniel Castro explains how cities around the world are beginning to use "digital twin" technology and encourages them to continue exploring how to use the technology to make their communities smarter, safer and more efficient.

September 16, 2019

There is much to do to restore the promise of the American dream for U.S. workers. Attacking tech companies might feel good, and even excite some in the progressive base, but it won’t get the job done.

September 10, 2019

The California State Senate is considering a bill to make it illegal for law enforcement to use facial recognition technology in officer-worn body cameras. The bill, AB 1215, has passed the State Assembly. It should not pass the Senate because it is based on a number of fallacies concerning facial recognition technology and would undermine beneficial uses of it by law enforcement.

September 6, 2019

While tech issues may not be driving most voters to the polls, they will have a significant impact on the U.S. economy, including jobs and economic growth.

September 2, 2019

As Daniel Castro writes for Government Technology, state and local governments can deter ransomware attacks by refusing to pay the ransoms.

August 23, 2019

As Daniel Castro and Michael McLaughlin write for Irish Tech News, the European Union needs a plan to stay competitive in artificial intelligence after Brexit.

August 21, 2019

While these two companies were right to finally cut ties with the notorious “cesspool of hate” after mounting public pressure, they should also be cutting their ties to other bad actors on the Internet, including those that engage in online piracy.

August 19, 2019

The United States leads the race for global advantage in artificial intelligence, at least for the time being, with China coming in second and the EU lagging behind. But China is poised to challenge U.S. dominance in coming years as it undertakes bold AI initiatives.

August 16, 2019

In an op-ed for InsideSources, Daniel Castro writes that companies responsible for data breaches should be required to offer consumers their choice of a menu of security-enhancing products and services.

Recent Events and Presentations

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.

July 24, 2019

ITIF hosted a discussion about the benefits of using facial recognition for law enforcement and public safety, the current safeguards in place that govern its use, and the opportunities for policymakers to address legitimate concerns without limiting the potential of this technology.

March 27, 2019

From data breaches to denial of service attacks, the private sector routinely faces a barrage of threats from those seeking to wreak havoc on their digital systems. When faced with an attack, companies can take steps to secure their own systems, but they are not authorized to retaliate against any system that they do not own. What are the domestic and international implications of authorizing private entities to engage in offensive cybersecurity operations?

December 4, 2018

While many nations have developed national strategies to support the development and adoption of AI, the United States has not. Join ITIF's Center for Data Innovation for the release of a new report laying out a detailed national AI strategy and a panel discussion about the ways in which policymakers can make the United States more competitive in the global AI race.

September 25, 2018

The European Union’s new privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), went into effect on May 25, 2018. Pressure is mounting for lawmakers to take a position.

June 28, 2018

ITIF and the Fourth Amendment Advisory Committee hosted 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.