Daniel Castro

Contributing Writer

Daniel Castro is the vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and director of the Center for Data Innovation. Before joining ITIF, he worked at the Government Accountability Office where he audited IT security and management controls.

October 1, 2018

Designing Accessible Government Websites

To be equitable for all citizens, governments must make sure their websites are accessible to people of all abilities.

September 1, 2018

Boosting State Website Security

For your safety online, your state should implement DNSSEC if it hasn't already (and it likely hasn't).

July 1, 2018

When Do Privacy Regulations Go Too Far?

While privacy laws are often well-intentioned, their unintended consequences can be far-reaching.

June 1, 2018

States Should Revisit Their Data Breach Laws

Do states need to update their regulations after the Cambridge Analytica debacle?

April 2, 2018

Boosting the Cyberworkforce

Amid persistent shortages in cybersecurity positions, what can states do to strengthen their numbers?

March 1, 2018

Drawing Outside the District Lines

Putting algorithms in charge of redistricting could fix gerrymandering.

January 8, 2018

Fixing Up Home-Buying

How government can use technology to make it cheaper to buy and sell your home.

December 1, 2017

State Credit Freeze Laws Need a Reboot

Following major data breaches, states must revisit their policies and protect citizens.

October 1, 2017

States Compete for Top Data Science Talent

As more and more data government data becomes available, states struggle to hire the right professionals to make sense of it.

September 1, 2017

Building the Learning City

Networks of smart cities will help make the most of data-driven governing.

July 3, 2017

The Cost of Government Bans on the Sharing Economy

Many state and local governments prohibit employees from using shared services like Airbnb for official travel, even though it often means they end up paying more.

June 1, 2017

Using Data to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

Data can play an important role in the fight against addiction, but privacy concerns are hampering the effectiveness of prescription drug monitoring programs.

March 29, 2017

Worst of the Web

Somebody tell government: A great online presence isn’t reserved for agencies with extensive resources.

March 6, 2017

Reports of the Death of Big Data Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

A close look at U.S. presidential election predictions shows that more investment in data, not less, is the way to avoid replicating these problems in the future.

January 13, 2017

States Need to Embrace Data-Driven Education

Measuring a student’s academic progress with valid, reliable data should go hand-in-hand with providing that child an education.

December 16, 2016

How Artificial Intelligence Will Usher in the Next Stage of E-Government

The defining feature of the new perceptive stage is that the work involved in interacting with government will be significantly reduced and automated for all parties involved.

October 18, 2016

If Only One U.S. City Wins the Smart City Race, the Whole Nation Loses

Just as it would not make sense to only fund bridges and highways in one city in the United States, it makes no sense to limit investment in the sensors, systems and networks needed to build smart cities to a single location.

September 2, 2016

California Came Dangerously Close to Ruining What Makes Open Data ‘Open’ (Opinion)

Policymakers must recognize the importance of this public resource.

July 13, 2016

Agencies Should Use Data to Offer Personalized Nudges

Policymakers can improve people’s lives by strategically framing decisions to direct them toward a preferred outcome.

May 31, 2016

Connecticut's Facial Recognition Bill: A Model for States?

State legislators step back from a bill that would limit such technology and instead take a reasonable approach — that should serve as a model for state legislators considering regulation for other emerging technologies.

April 7, 2016

Making a Digital Transformation: Focus Less on Flash, More on Cash

Leaders must start demanding that IT projects specify how they will improve productivity, and hold these projects accountable for delivering the promised value.

March 8, 2016

Privacy, Security Risks Make Government Databases a Political Battleground

As government agencies try to use databases to solve serious policy issues such as curbing prescription drug abuse and improving student education, they find themselves fighting political battles rather than technological ones.

January 15, 2016

Will ‘Helicopter Policymakers’ Stifle New Technology Over the Long Term?

Sometimes policymakers want to alleviate anxiety about future conditions, which often manifests itself in calls for laws that will create “trust” in a particular industry.

December 11, 2015

States Should Kill the Annual Report, Here’s Why

Such relics of a paper-based world are no longer the best option for an increasingly digital government.

October 1, 2015

Why Didn’t Government Invent Uber?

The public sector failed to innovate the taxi industry, but there are other opportunities.

September 4, 2015

Can Data Impact the Drought?

Smart infrastructure can help policymakers make the most use of limited water resources.

July 9, 2015

States Should Use Open Data to Empower Consumers

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.

May 20, 2015

Why Skills Matter More than Ever in Our Data-Driven Economy

To improve public services with data-driven technology, governments need to work harder than ever to recruit, hire and retain highly skilled data engineers and managers.

April 1, 2015

Elections Need a Tech Reboot

U.S. elections have not kept pace with the opportunities afforded by technology.

February 27, 2015

How Open Is University Data?

States should push public universities to adopt open data policies.

January 5, 2015

Data-Driven Innovation: Why States Should Build Multipurpose Analytics Platforms

From education to transportation, virtually every state agency is looking to data to improve performance.