Published on July 23rd, 2014 | by Daniel Castro

The Social Impact of Open Data

Government agencies collect a vast amount of data that has the potential to usher in large-scale social benefits, but these agencies must ensure that their data is not locked up. By making their data freely available without restrictions, government agencies can enable individuals and private organizations to leverage public data—including weather information, maps, legal filings, financial statements, health indicators, and education metrics—to make the world a better place. This includes efforts to build sustainable communities, coordinate disaster response, improve health and educational outcomes, reduce crime and recidivism, and strengthen accountability in the public and private sector. Already, a wide variety of organizations and individuals have driven social change using government data that has been made available for reuse.

Join the Center for Data Innovation and the Sunlight Foundation for a panel discussion highlighting the impact of open data across education, health care, international development, and other fields.

Opening Remarks:

  • Maureen Ohlhausen, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission


  • Daniel Castro, Director, Center for Data Innovation
  • Sandra Moscoso, Deputy Program Manager, World Bank (slides)
  • Brian Rayburn, Lead Data Scientist, Symcat
  • Emily Shaw, National Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation (slides)

Date and Time:

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from noon – 1:30 PM EDT


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



About the Author

Daniel Castro is the director of the Center for Data Innovation and vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Mr. Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including data, 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.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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