Andrea Castillo

Andrea Castillo

  • Program Manager, Technology Policy Program

Andrea Castillo is the Program Manager of the Technology Policy Program for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Born in Tampa, Florida, Andrea attended Florida State University where she studied economics and political science. When she’s not catching up with economics blogs or reading her newest e-book, Andrea enjoys visiting art museums, going to concerts and traveling.

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Published Research

Jerry Brito, Houman Shadab, Andrea Castillo | Jan 15, 2015
In this article we survey the type of financial instruments and transactions that will most likely be of interest to regulators, including traditional securities and derivatives, new bitcoin-denominated instruments, and completely decentralized markets and exchanges.
Jason E. Taylor, Andrea Castillo | Jan 13, 2015
A new study published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University examines the use of expansionary fiscal policy to stimulate a contracting economy. The study concludes that attempts to use fiscal policy to solve broader economic troubles have failed even by the theory proponents’ own standards. In addition to being poorly timed and targeted, stimulus spending has led to permanent increases in the size and scope of government.
Veronique de Rugy, Andrea Castillo | Jul 16, 2014
This paper provides a brief overview of the history and operations of the Ex-Im Bank, followed by an examination of the key justifications for the bank’s continued authorization.
Eli Dourado, Andrea Castillo | Apr 17, 2014
This paper will describe the current dynamic provision of cybersecurity and explain how a technocratic solution like the Cybersecurity Framework could weaken this process and ultimately undermine cybersecurity.

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Expert Commentary

Aug 17, 2015

As Bitcoin has grown, so has the debate about whether limiting the size of the blockchain – which records Bitcoin transactions – is truly sustainable. Recently, some Bitcoin developers have suggested creating a fork, meaning the underlying network would split and and create two incompatible blockchains. The Mercatus Center’s Eli Dourado and Andrea Castillo share their thoughts on this latest development.
Aug 11, 2015

ast week, the information security industry temporarily dodged a bureaucratic blunder that could have inadvertently criminalized basic software bug testing. Heeding the near-unanimous dissent from cybersecurity professionals, the U.S. Commerce Department wisely rescinded its proposal to impose export controls limiting the selling or sharing of "zero-day exploits," software vulnerabilities that only the discoverer knows about.
Jul 28, 2015

As the threat of cyberwar looms more saliently on the horizon, many countries have turned to controlling the sale of "cyberweapons." But the U.S. government's proposed cyberweapon crackdown, part of a multinational arms-export control agreement called the Wassenaar Arrangement, could be used to criminalize basic bug-testing of software and ultimately weaken Internet security.
Jul 04, 2015

For years, cybersecurity hawks have painted grim pictures of a "cyber Pearl Harbor," when sophisticated hackers will be able to infiltrate and commandeer critical U.S. networks to wreak whatever havoc they choose. Yet for some reason, when the most advanced cyber-espionage malware known was discovered on American systems, the usually indefatigable "tough on cyberterror" crowd was quiet.

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Jerry Brito, Andrea Castillo | Jan 23, 2014
Como la primera moneda digital descentralizada del mundo, Bitcoin tiene el potencial de revolucionar los sistemas de pago en línea de una manera que beneficia a los consumidores y las empresas. En lugar de utilizar un intermediario, como PayPal, o entregar información de tarjeta de crédito a un tercer partido para su verificación—ya que los dos incluyen cargos de transacción y otras restricciones— Bitcoin permite que los individuos paguen directamente entre sí para bienes o servicios.
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