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 23, 2021

France has declared a “crisis of trust” in the United States after Australia scuttled a previous deal to buy diesel-electric submarines from France in favor of nuclear-powered ones from the United States.

September 18, 2021

Activists continue to lobby local governments for facial recognition technology bans, falsely arguing it is racist, sexist, and a threat to free speech. They dismiss or ignore all evidence showing how it keeps people safe, and some local officials have fallen for their arguments hook, line, and sinker.

August 23, 2021

Federal government agencies have missed multiple deadlines to transition from paper to web-based forms. Bringing government services into the digital age would build public trust, improve service and convenience, and reduce costs.

August 8, 2021

The reflexive tendency to critique tech companies has become so ingrained and the need to one-up past denouncements has become so absurd that the entire ritual has become almost farcical. Consider the claims that served as plot lines in last week’s three biggest dramas.

July 12, 2021

Few would oppose the president’s stated goals of lowering prices, raising wages, and increasing convenience for Americans. But his executive order is not the way to achieve them.

July 1, 2021

The ability to verify online that some is who they say they are is critical for an increasingly digital world. While a federal solution would be ideal, state-issued digital licenses are a move in the right direction.

June 30, 2021

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, over half of state unemployment websites experienced significant outages as nearly 22 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits in the span of a few weeks.

June 29, 2021

The new legislation would not only undermine consumer privacy—individuals would have no option to opt-out of disclosing their information to restaurants—but it would also limit the viability of many of these food delivery services, ultimately resulting in higher costs and less convenience for consumers.

June 24, 2021

While privacy advocates may disagree with the choices many consumers make, that is not justification for overruling their decisions. As policymakers consider legislation to strengthen consumer privacy, they should go back to the basics of notice-and-choice.

June 3, 2021

Despite legislative requirements, many federal government websites are not accessible for people with disabilities. This creates obstacles for millions of Americans, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic has moved many government services online.

May 21, 2021

Limiting technology deployment based solely on where it is manufactured is an ineffective security countermeasure—not just for drones, but for most technologies—because the country where a product is built has no direct bearing on whether it is secure.

May 17, 2021

If companies ignore opportunities to improve consumer privacy, then antitrust regulators can claim that they are refusing to do so because they are abusing their market power. Yet if they continue to take steps to improve consumer privacy, antitrust regulators may start suggesting that their actions are unfair to their competitors.

Recent Events and Presentations

October 14, 2021

Join the Center for Data Innovation for a panel discussion with experts in government and industry for a discussion on existing best practices, emerging trends and techniques, and further opportunities for public-private initiatives to use data to reduce counterfeits in e-commerce.

November 13, 2020

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

October 2, 2020

ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation hosted 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.