Published on September 10th, 2014 | by Daniel Castro

Data for Social Justice: The Impact of Data on Underserved Communities

Data-driven innovation promises to deliver a wide array of social and economic benefits from better and more affordable health care to improvements in education. But how can we ensure that the riches of the data “gold rush” are shared by all members of society? Better use of data can help combat discrimination, promote equality, and ensure social justice, but to achieve these outcomes, policymakers must embrace these opportunities.

Join the Center for Data Innovation for a panel discussion about the technologies and policies that can ensure that the rising tide of data “lifts all boats” and helps build a more inclusive society.


  • Daniel Castro, Director, Center for Data Innovation
  • Samir Goswami, Director of Government Professional Solutions, LexisNexis
  • Linda Loubert, Affiliate Researcher, Institute for Urban Research, Morgan State University
  • Nicol Turner-Lee, Vice President and Chief Research & Policy Officer, Minority Media and Telecommunications Council
  • Christopher Wood, Executive Director, LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute
  • Christopher Wolf, Partner, Hogan Lovells LLP

Date and Time:

  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT


  • 1101 K Street NW, Suite 610A, Washington, DC, 20005


About the Author

Daniel Castro is the director of the Center for Data Innovation. He is also a senior analyst with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). His research focuses on information technology policy including data privacy, information security, e-government, electronic voting, and accessibility for people with disabilities. Mr. Castro 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 (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.

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