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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

November 21, 2022

FTX’s Implosion Should Spur Policymakers to Get Serious About Regulating Crypto Exchanges… But Not Rush It

It will likely be months (at least) before a full accounting shows whether the ultimate causes of FTX’s downfall were simply abysmal corporate governance or outright fraud. But regardless of the cause, the result shows why policymakers should get serious about regulating crypto exchanges.

November 4, 2022

Policymakers Should Not Fall for Musk’s “Town Square” Fallacy

For some, Twitter is serious business; for others, the platform is pure entertainment. But in any case, it is not a town square, and policymakers should not try to regulate it as one.

October 24, 2022

Using Country-of-Origin as a Litmus Test for Drone Security Is Bad Policy

While intended to protect national security, the updated American Security Drone Act would still do little to bolster drone security and would limit government agencies from using some of the best-in-class drones.

October 11, 2022

How to Address Political Speech on Social Media in the United States

Policymakers could improve content moderation on social media by building international consensus on content moderation guidelines, providing more resources to address state-sponsored disinformation, and increasing transparency in content moderation decisions.

September 22, 2022

Testimony Before the DC Committee on Government Operations and Facilities on the “Stop Discrimination by Algorithms Act of 2021”

In testimony before the DC Committee on Government Operations and Facilities, ITIF vice president Daniel Castro, director of the Center for Data Innovation, argued that the Stop Discrimination by Algorithms Act of 2021 is well-intentioned but ultimately misguided.

September 19, 2022

IP and the Metaverse: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act Will Face Serious Challenges in the Metaverse

With the development of the metaverse and other Web3 technologies creating more challenges for protecting rightsholders from online theft, Congress should update the DMCA to foster greater use of innovative technologies to protect copyright online.

September 12, 2022

How Policymakers Can Thwart the Rise of Fake Reviews

As businesses compete for customers in the digital economy, some use deceptive tactics to manipulate consumer reviews about their goods or services, or those of their competitors, including by posting fake reviews. These fake reviews can damage honest companies’ reputation and deceive consumers into purchasing goods or services of substandard quality.

September 8, 2022

Op-Art: How the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act Levels the Playing Field

The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) seeks to unfairly force large tech companies to pay local news for listing their content.

August 31, 2022

History Shows That the News Industry Does Not Need a Handout from Big Tech

Just as policymakers would have been wrong to enact rules to protect print journalism from the rise of broadcast news in the 1930s, so too are policymakers wrong now to try to put their fingers on the scales to limit competition and preserve the status quo.

August 8, 2022

Maintaining a Light-Touch Approach to Data Protection in the United States

Data privacy regulations impose significant costs on businesses and the economy. Effective, targeted federal legislation would address actual privacy harms while reducing costs that hinder productivity and innovation.

August 4, 2022

Publishers Want to Deter Theft Not Kill Libraries

Internet Archive is not a noble, Robin Hood organization being bullied by the hierarchy for helping the poor and needy, despite the story EFF and its anti-IP allies continue to spin. Rather, this is a simple case of an organization stealing from creators to justify its “information wants to be free ideology,” then trying to redirect blame, hoping to garner sympathy for its wrongdoing rather than simply compensating rightsholders.

July 13, 2022

Best Practices to Combat Online Sale of Counterfeits in the EU and US

As policymakers worldwide explore new anti-counterfeiting measures in their regions, a consensus is emerging in the United States and the EU on best practices for e-commerce platforms to combat online sales of counterfeit goods.

More publications by Daniel Castro

Recent Events and Presentations

December 14, 2022

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

Join ITIF for a 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.

November 8, 2022

Book Talk on “The Equality Machine” With Orly Lobel

Watch the conversation with Lobel, whose vivid examples—from labor markets to dating markets—provide powerful evidence for how we can harness technology for good.

October 19, 2022

Takshashila-Hudson Panel Discussion on 75 Years of India-US Partnership

Daniel Castro speaks on an online panel hosted by the Takshashila Institution and the Hudson Institute about opportunities to improve India-US relations on digital technology and trade.

October 18, 2022

Building the NIST AI Risk Management Framework

Daniel Castro moderates a panel on managing AI risks at the NIST AI Risk Management Framework Workshop #3.

October 13, 2022

Building the Optimal Business and Investment Environment for the Future Digital Ecosystem

Daniel Castro speaks on policy strategies to build the optimal digital ecosystem at a virtual bilateral event with Mexico on 5G and ICT networks organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

October 12, 2022

How Web 3.0 and Digital Assets Will Impact Global Trade and Investment

Daniel Castro speaks about how Web 3.0 and digital assets will impact global trade and investment at the Coalition of Service Industry's Global Services Summit.

September 26, 2022

Promoting Digital Exports From Bangladesh: What Role for Cross-Border Data Flows?

Daniel Castro addressed the topic of digital transformation and trade versus data protectionism at an event organized by the Research and Policy Integration for Development (RAPID).

September 14, 2022

AR/VR Policy Conference

Join the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the XR Association for the second annual AR/VR Policy Conference.

July 12, 2022

Optimal Governance of NPD 2.0

ITIF's Daniel Castro is among the featured speakers for a July 12 webinar hosted by CUTS International to discuss gaps, unintended challenges, regulatory uncertainty, and the way forward for India's data-protection regime.

June 10, 2022

@DataGovHub XR Conference Panel on “XR and Economic Issues”

Daniel Castro will speak on a panel on “XR and Economic Issues” at the “Our Immersive Digital Future” conference hosted by the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub at George Washington University.

June 2, 2022

The Threat of a Dark WHOIS

The Coalition for a Secure and Transparent Internet (CSTI) hosted ITIF's Daniel Castro and a collection of experts to describe how WHOIS data contributes to a safer Internet.

April 5, 2022

Internet Governance During Times of War and Conflict

ITIF held a discussion about Internet governance during times of global strife, lessons from past conflicts, and the future of the open Internet.

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