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Daniel Castro

Daniel Castro

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

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 202-626-5742

Twitter: @castrotech

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 16, 2024

Virginia’s New AI Executive Order Is A Model For Other States to Build On

Virginia’s new Executive Order 30 is a blueprint for AI implementation in state government that focuses on accelerating the deployment of the technology, not just managing risks. Other states should take note.

February 2, 2024

Testimony to the Alaska State Senate Regarding AI, Deepfakes, Cybersecurity, and Data Transfers

Advancements in AI are creating many opportunities to use the technology for beneficial purposes across virtually every sector, and people will undoubtedly find many useful applications for AI in elections and government agencies in the years ahead.

January 29, 2024

Rethinking Concerns About AI’s Energy Use

Concerns about the energy used by digital technologies are not new. With the recent surge in interest in artificial intelligence, people are once again raising questions about the energy use of an emerging technology.

January 28, 2024

Blame Lawmakers, Not AI, for Failing to Prevent the Fake Explicit Images of Taylor Swift

The problem is not that technology is moving too fast; it is that lawmakers are moving too slowly. While it may be too much to expect abusers and Internet trolls to stop this type of activity entirely, it is reasonable to expect that those who distribute this content should face significant civil and criminal liability.

January 4, 2024

Can Canada Still Lay Claim to Pro-Innovation Nation?

As Daniel Castro writes for RealClearMarkets, Canada's major technology policy initiatives over the past year have been discriminatory policies targeting the tech sector, especially foreign companies.

December 14, 2023

Comments to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority on Microsoft’s Partnership With OpenAI

The Microsoft-OpenAI partnership came at a crucial time when the future of foundation models was uncertain. In hindsight, it has provided the catalyst for the current wave of innovation and competition in generative AI and did not compromise the ability of other market players to compete. The CMA should not intervene in this partnership.

December 8, 2023

EU Should Not Allow Anti-Tech Organizations to Weaponize EU Laws to Protect Freeloaders

Advocacy groups want to have it both ways: free online services and no online advertising. Regulators should roundly reject the outlandish and unsustainable ways they are trying to invoke EU laws to legalize online freeloading.

December 4, 2023

Policymakers Should Use the SETI Model to Prepare for AI Doomsday Scenarios

The response of policymakers and researchers to the risk of a future alien invasion should inform how policymakers and researchers respond to artificial general intelligence risks.

November 21, 2023

Protecting Children Online Does Not Require ID Checks for Everyone

Mandatory age verification simply isn’t necessary to safeguard children online, and if policymakers are going to use legislation to require changes to online platforms, there are better alternatives.

November 8, 2023

Statement to the US Senate AI Insight Forum on “Privacy and Liability”

Policymakers should be careful not to overreact to fears about how AI will impact privacy and rush to regulate the technology since history shows many of today’s concerns will fade over time.

November 3, 2023

Jumping on the Bletchley Declaration’s Existential AI Risk Bandwagon Hurts the US and AI

The decision by so many governments, especially the United States, to legitimize the belief that AI presents an existential risk that governments must address will seriously undermine efforts to rapidly develop and adopt the technology for beneficial purposes.

October 16, 2023

No, AI Is Not a Surveillance Technology

The widespread potential benefits of AI are well-documented, so why are privacy activists making disingenuous claims about AI being fundamentally a surveillance technology? There are likely a few reasons.

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Recent Events and Presentations

February 12, 2024

Youth Online Safety at the 20th Annual State of the Net

Daniel Castro spoke at the 20th Annual State of the Net Conference, joining an expert panel to discuss age verification, privacy, and free speech for youth online.

December 5, 2023

Unveiling AI Policy Insights: Global Trends and Regulatory Strategies

Daniel Castro speaks at the 34th Annual Greek Economic Summit on global AI policy.

December 5, 2023

Building the Foundations for a Successful Metaverse: Opportunities and Challenges

Daniel Castro speaks on a panel about how policymakers can support societal and economic benefits from the metaverse at an event in Washington, D.C. sponsored by The Economist.

November 16, 2023

Agreeing to Disagree: The Need for More Interoperable Tech Policies

Watch now for a panel discussion about the increasingly complex web of laws and regulations impacting the digital economy and the benefits, risks, and opportunities of creating more compatible tech policies.

September 14, 2023

AR/VR Policy Conference 2023

Join the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the XR Association for the third annual AR/VR Policy Conference. The event will feature a series of expert talks and panels discussing critical policy questions covering:

September 7, 2023

Unveiling AI Policy Insights: Global Trends and Regulatory Strategies

Daniel Castro speaks about global trends in AI regulation in the United States, Europe, and Asia at a webinar hosted by FiscalNote.

July 19, 2023

Innovation Highway: Unlocking the Social and Economic Benefits of Autonomous Vehicles

Daniel Castro speaks about autonomous vehicle adoption at an event hosted by U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

July 11, 2023

The Blockchain Tech Revolution

Daniel Castro speaks about blockchain technology on a panel at NALEO's 40th Annual Conference in New York City.

June 6, 2023

Does the US Need a New AI Regulator?

Watch the Center for Data Innovation and R Street's webinar where they discussed the potential costs and benefits of creating a new AI regulator in the United States, the extent to which regulators can address AI risks today, and what additional tools or resources might be necessary to hold companies accountable for their use of AI.

April 26, 2023

Should AI Be Regulated?

Daniel Castro speaks about whether AI should be regulated at an event hosted by Broadband Breakfast and moderated by The Hill's Technology Policy Reporter Rebecca Klar.

April 25, 2023

The Importance of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council

Daniel Castro presents on the importance of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council at the Digital Croatia 2030 conference hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Croatia.

December 14, 2022

Malvertising: How Piracy Sites Use Malicious Ads to Infect Consumer Devices With Malware

Watch ITIF's panel discussion about the threat that malware in ads on piracy sites poses to consumers, the implications of these malicious ads for cybersecurity, and how the public and private sectors can address this issue. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Co-Chair of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, will provide keynote remarks.

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