Daniel Castro

Daniel Castro
Vice President
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Daniel Castro is the Vice President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and Director of the Center for Data Innovation. Mr. 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 Businessweek. In 2013, Mr. Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of “Top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.” In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mr. Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council.

Before joining ITIF, Mr. Castro 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 (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). In addition, Mr. Castro was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 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

May 21, 2015

Regulatory policy should focus on harm and intent.

May 20, 2015

Data literate workers are a must.

May 15, 2015

Restricting data to sovereign borders hurts Australian businesses.

May 13, 2015

Can we trust ICANN to conduct itself in a predictable and accountable manner?

May 11, 2015

Data is increasingly vital to grow the economy and solve important social problems. This report lays out twelve concrete steps Congress can take in 2015 to accelerate data innovation in both the public and private sectors.

May 4, 2015

There needs to be a nationwide baseline, not just a patchwork of state laws, to protect people from censorious lawsuits when they post critical reviews of merchants or service providers.

Recent Presentations

January 27, 2015

Daniel Castro will be participating in a panel on consumer privacy at State of the Net 2015.

December 3, 2014

Daniel Castro spoke on a panel at the seventh China U.S. Internet Industry Forum in Washington D.C.

September 17, 2014

Daniel Castro will present on the panel “Data and Privacy: Identification, De-Identification, and Re-Identification” at the 2014 Global Identity Summit.

September 16, 2014

Daniel Castro will speak at the Association of Public Data Users 2014 Annual Conference.

September 11, 2014

Daniel Castro will participate in the American Bar Association webinar “Big Data and Privacy Frameworks: Perspectives from Government, Industry and Policy Experts.”

June 20, 2014

The EAC and NIST are hosting the “Highlights of EAC Accessible Voting Research and the Impact on Elections” webinar.