Daniel Castro

Daniel Castro is vice president at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a non-profit, non-partisan think tank, and director of ITIF's Center for Data Innovation, a research center focused on the intersection of data, technology, and public policy. He 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.

Daniel's work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Businessweek. In 2013, Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of the “top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.” In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Daniel to the Commerce Data Advisory Council.

Daniel previously 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 and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In addition, Daniel was a visiting scientist at the Software Engineering Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, 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.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Daniel Castro and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Rethinking government use of commercial exploit tools after WhatsApp spying

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By trying to extend the right to be forgotten beyond its borders, France is interfering with other nations’ sovereignty.

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It is stigmatizing much-needed research on autonomous robots that will be central to increasing economic productivity and quality of life.

Intelligence Community Must Get its Own House in Order

Intelligence Community Must Get its Own House in Order

If governments want private-sector cooperation for their lawful investigations, they should first examine their own operations, goals and assumptions.

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Establishment of Cookie Clearinghouse shows support for user choice to be little more than rhetoric.

A Declaration of the Interdependence of Cyberspace

On the anniversary of John Perry Barlow's issuing 'A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace,' a response and alternate call to action.

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