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

September 10, 2015

While most people are conditioned to see through the marketing hype surrounding “revolutionary!” and “game-changing!” new technologies, few have the same healthy skepticism when it comes to outsized claims about allegedly dire privacy risks that now routinely accompany many of the very same innovations. Taken at face value, these supposed privacy risks suggest that government should intervene to protect society. A closer look, however, reveals that privacy concerns are often misplaced or unnecessary, and they rapidly dissipate as people come to better understand and appreciate the products and services in question.

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.

Recent Publications

September 24, 2015

Better information on water use presents an opportunity for consumers to save money on their water bills while contributing to greater environmental sustainability, write Daniel Castro and Henry Sherwin of the Center for Data Innovation in Brink News.

September 22, 2015

Daniel Castro contributed an article to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s recently released collection of essays on how data and the Internet is changing the face of business and society.

September 10, 2015

This report analyzes the stages of public fear that accompany new technologies when privacy advocates make outsized claims that filter through the news media to policymakers and the public.

September 8, 2015

Data-driven insights can enable utilities and consumers to manage water use better, identify leaks sooner, and discover opportunities to use water more efficiently, writes the Center for Data Innovation.

September 8, 2015

An appellate court ruled that the FTC has the power to take action against businesses that fail to protect consumer data from hackers. But it is important that they wield this authority wisely, writes Daniel Castro in the National Law Journal.

August 12, 2015

Balancing privacy and public safety is critical to create a more trustworthy Internet, writes Daniel Castro in CircleID.

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.