Ellysse Dick

Ellysse Dick
Policy Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Ellysse Dick is a policy analyst in tech and cyber policy at ITIF. Her research focuses on AR/VR innovation and policy including privacy, safety, and accountability. Prior to ITIF, she led communications and outreach for the Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center.

Ellysse holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA in International Affairs and German Studies from the University of Colorado.

Recent Publications

April 7, 2021

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has quickly transformed from an obscure law known mostly to tech policy experts to a regular feature in public debates and policy discussions. What is this brief, 25-year-old law making headlines, and how could reforming or repealing it impact our daily lives?

March 25, 2021

Transatlantic data flows are essential to organizations of all sizes and industries—not just large technology firms. The EU and United States must establish clear, consistent legal mechanisms for data transfers so both sides can thrive in an increasingly digital global economy.

March 4, 2021

AR/VR devices create novel issues for user privacy due to the scope, scale, and sensitivity of the information they collect. To mitigate harms, policymakers should reform the current patchwork regulatory landscape for data privacy, which fails to address some risks while over-regulating in response to others.

February 10, 2021

The shift to mass distance learning has underscored the need for schools to adopt educational technology that allows students to learn independently, whether at home or in the classroom, as well as to stay engaged. Augmented and virtual reality have the potential to meet these needs, but only if federal and state governments make targeted investments in these technologies.

January 27, 2021

The United States has been a leader in AR/VR innovation. To maintain this position going forward, the Biden administration should prioritize AR/VR alongside other emerging technologies such as 5G and artificial intelligence.

December 17, 2020

SCCs are a widely used legal tool to transfer personal data out of the EU, but courts and regulators are making them costlier and more complex. This is a sign of Europe’s march toward de facto data localization—a threat to transatlantic digital trade that policymakers must avoid.

December 14, 2020

Augmented reality (AR) amplifies some of the most pressing privacy concerns for bystanders in the digital world and combines them in new ways. Policymakers should develop safeguards that allow for shifting perceptions of privacy in public space.

December 3, 2020

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield’s demise affects thousands of firms that relied on it to transfer data. Policymakers should realize the enormous trade and innovation stakes involved—both bilateral and global—and build an improved framework for data protection and digital trade.

November 6, 2020

Despite months of planning, platforms were still racing to combat mis- and disinformation up to Election Day, and even in the days after.

November 2, 2020

This week the seemingly interminable 2020 presidential campaign will (hopefully) be at an end.

September 14, 2020

There is an evident need for transitioning to AR/VR solutions in the federal government, now that so many federal employees are working from home. Achieving this widespread use will require investment in new resources for the digital workforce yet such investments will help address immediate concerns about staffing, training, and service provision during a global pandemic.

Recent Events and Presentations

March 4, 2021

ITIF released a new report and hosted a conversation with experts and industry leaders in AR/VR to discuss what unique privacy risks these technologies raise, how AR/VR providers are mitigating these concerns, and how existing and proposed privacy laws and regulations will impact AR/VR technologies.