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 Events

June 30, 2015

Join ITIF for a spirited discussion about the state of artificial intelligence, whether super intelligent computers will someday pose a threat to the human race, and how policymakers should respond to these ideas.

March 12, 2015

Recent reports suggest the U.S. government wants to ban strong encryption, a policy that could spell disaster for both U.S. competitiveness and civil liberties. Can policymakers reconcile the needs of law enforcement with good cybersecurity practices? Join ITIF for a lively panel discussion.

September 18, 2014

Join ITIF for a presentation from David Price, head of piracy intelligence at the UK firm NetNames, who will present the first major assessment of how much ad revenue is generated by piracy websites.

September 18, 2014

Join the Center for Data Innovation for an expert discussion on how policymakers should help guide the coming wave of data-driven innovation.

September 10, 2014

Join the Center for Data Innovation for a panel discussion about the technologies and policies that can help build a more inclusive society.

Recent Publications

July 30, 2015

A recent study created a wave of headlines decrying “sexist algorithms,” but ultimately, the algorithm reflects real-world behaviors that highlight gender disparities in society, write Amber Laxton and Daniel Castro in Real Clear Technology.

July 15, 2015

Congress should combat nonconsensual distribution of sexually explicit images—commonly referred to as “revenge porn”—by criminalizing the practice and empowering victims to obtain justice.

July 9, 2015

State regulators should consider how they can unlock additional data sets to enable the development of sophisticated choice engines that help consumers make wiser purchasing decisions in economic areas where the market lacks transparency, writes Daniel Castro in Government Technology.

June 30, 2015

Congress should move expediently to take up legislation banning revenge porn because everyone deserves to choose when and how their nude images can be seen, write Daniel Castro and Alan McQuinn in The Hill.

June 17, 2015

Given the scope and sensitivity of the personal information that the U.S. government collects, doing a job that is “good enough for government” is no longer acceptable when it comes to information security.

June 10, 2015

The 21st Century Cures Act should go further to support one medical innovation: telehealth.

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.