Michael McLaughlin

Michael McLaughlin
Research Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Michael McLaughlin is a research analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.

Recent Publications

September 10, 2019

The California State Senate is considering a bill to make it illegal for law enforcement to use facial recognition technology in officer-worn body cameras. The bill, AB 1215, has passed the State Assembly. It should not pass the Senate because it is based on a number of fallacies concerning facial recognition technology and would undermine beneficial uses of it by law enforcement.

August 23, 2019

As Daniel Castro and Michael McLaughlin write for Irish Tech News, the European Union needs a plan to stay competitive in artificial intelligence after Brexit.

August 19, 2019

The United States leads the race for global advantage in artificial intelligence, at least for the time being, with China coming in second and the EU lagging behind. But China is poised to challenge U.S. dominance in coming years as it undertakes bold AI initiatives.

April 25, 2019

There is a clear lesson for consumers: do not use piracy apps. Do not download them and do not purchase streaming device boxes with these apps preloaded. They are untrustworthy.

April 10, 2019

Taking the bludgeon of anti-trust to tech companies will make cyber security worse, not better.

February 4, 2019

Focusing on mitigating speculative concerns about AI will limit its development and adoption. Policymakers should instead encourage innovation while crafting targeted solutions for specific problems if they occur.

January 23, 2019

Critics are wrong about the value of an individual’s data, as they confuse the value data in aggregate can generate with the market price buyers will pay for individual data. Unfortunately, too many lawmakers have begun crafting policies stemming from these misguided notions leading to proposals that are bad for consumers and the digital economy.

January 22, 2019

Most Americans (58 percent) are willing to allow third parties to collect at least some sensitive personal data, according to a new survey from the Center for Data Innovation.

January 16, 2019

Only one in four Americans want online services such as Facebook and Google to collect less of their data if it means they would have to start paying a monthly subscription fee, according to a new survey from the Center for Data Innovation.

January 7, 2019

Only one in four Americans (26 percent) think government should strictly limit the use of facial recognition technology, according to a new survey from the Center for Data Innovation—and that support drops even further if it would come at the expense of public safety.

December 28, 2018

In an op-ed for InsideSources, Daniel Castro and Michael McLaughlin explain how the rise of cashierless stores, enabled by facial recognition technology, may help reduce racial discrimination while shopping.

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.

Recent Events and Presentations

September 10, 2019

ITIF's Center for Data Innovation hosted a keynote address by Michael Kratsios, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, and a panel discussion on the state of the global AI race and how policymakers can continue to support U.S. leadership in AI.