Published on December 16th, 2015 | by Daniel Castro

Crafting a National Strategy for the Internet of Things

Special guests Representatives Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Darrell Issa (R-CA), co-chairs of the Congressional Internet of Things Caucus, will deliver keynote remarks.

The Internet of Things—the network of ordinary objects embedded with Internet-connected sensors that can capture, transmit, and receive data—will create up to $11 trillion per year of economic value globally by 2025 and will impact nearly every aspect of the economy and society. More than just the next wave of consumer gadgetry, the Internet of Things is transforming industries like healthcare and agriculture, while also creating safer and more efficient cities.

But realizing such benefits is not without its challenges. Just as the Internet’s success depended on smart policies and government support, so too will the future value of the Internet of Things hinge on the actions of policymakers. As the Internet of Things begins to take off, countries around the world have arrived at a critical juncture. Their response will determine the extent to which the Internet of Things becomes an engine for innovation and delivers social and economic value.

Join the Center for Data Innovation for a panel discussion and release of a new report examining why a comprehensive national strategy that addresses the numerous obstacles facing the Internet of Things is necessary to ensure the United States can successfully secure the benefits of this promising technology.

Date and Time:

  • Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (EST)


  • 2237 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515


  • Robert D. Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (Moderator)
  • Jeff Brueggeman, Vice President of Global Public Policy, AT&T
  • Steve Crout, Vice President of Government Affairs, Qualcomm
  • Joshua New, Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation
  • Mark Ryland, Director and Chief Solutions Architect, World Wide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

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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