Michael McLaughlin

Michael McLaughlin
Research Assistant
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Michael McLaughlin is a research assistant at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. He previously worked at Oracle and held internships at USA TODAY and in local government. Prior to joining ITIF, Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.

Recent Publications

September 25, 2018

A federal investigation into social media companies would be inappropriate, undermine the free speech rights of tech platforms, and ultimately do a disservice to consumers, Daniel Castro and Michael McLaughlin write in an op-ed for USA Today.

August 27, 2018

A detailed review of 400 state government websites finds that while some states have much better sites than others, every state has room to significantly improve so that it better serves the public with easy and secure access to e-government services and information.

August 23, 2018

The struggle to reunite separated families is the result of a myriad of issues, but the federal government’s poor data management made the situation worse. Federal agencies need to continue to update their practices and systems to better collect, share, and make available accurate information.

August 21, 2018

As Michael McLaughlin writes for the Economic Times, there are several ways to limit the spread and influence of false information. Rather than policing private communications or banning WhatsApp entirely, the Indian government should work to increase digital media literacy and prosecute violent actors.

July 30, 2018

Banning law enforcement from using facial recognition technology would be wholly inappropriate based on the evidence to date and limit many beneficial uses of the technology for public safety writes Daniel Castro and Michael McLaughlin.

May 23, 2018

As Daniel Castro and Michael McLaughlin write for Fortune, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will harm not only the organizations that must comply with it, but consumers—the very people the new rules are intended to help.

March 7, 2018

It would be a mistake to allow Messenger Kids to become the next casualty in the campaign for an innovation-free childhood.