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.


Policy Briefs

Research Summaries & Toolkits

Expert Commentary

Nov 10, 2015

At long last, commercial drone technology has developed to the point where businesses and consumers alike can take them to the skies for fun and profit. The benefits of mass drone flight are projected to be enormous, with applications ranging from instant package delivery to manufacturing to lifestyle video-blogging. But a series of poor proposals from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) threatens to ground major parts of this hot industry just as it starts to take flight.
Nov 09, 2015

As Congress moves to reconcile each chamber’s version of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), civil liberties organizations and technology companies alike continue to pan the bill for threatening consumer privacy and covertly expanding government surveillance programs. Critics argue that strong cybersecurity should not come at the expense of diminished privacy — but this is a false dichotomy. CISA is unlikely to meaningfully improve cybersecurity because the bill addresses the wrong issues.
Oct 27, 2015

Shadow-censorship is a way to control information by secretly limiting or obscuring the ways that people can access it. Rather than outright banning or removing problematic communications, shadow-censors can instead wall off social-media posts or users in inaccessible obscurity without the target’s knowledge. To an individual user, it just looks like no one is interested in his or her content. But behind the scenes, sharing algorithms are being covertly manipulated so that it's extremely difficult for other users to view the blacklisted information.
Oct 19, 2015

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. It's a good time to remember that America's formidable cybersecurity challenges require smart, targeted policy reforms that will strengthen our network security by encouraging proactive research and robust defenses. Unfortunately, some in Congress instead choose to prop up the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, an unsuitable bill that could ultimately weaken security while promoting government data extraction.

Research Areas


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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