Michael McLaughlin is a research analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. His research has found that that the United States still leads globally in artificial intelligence, that most U.S. state government websites fail basic measures of functionality and security, and that applying the precautionary principle to regulating AI would hamper its development. Michael has also helped conduct several national surveys that revealed consumers’ opinions on sharing data, the use of facial recognition at airports, and the use of algorithms to evaluate job applicants.
He has been a moderator or panelist on several panels, including at the British Embassy and The Data Privacy Conference USA, and he regularly meets with delegations from foreign governments to discuss public policies related to technology that promote economic growth and social progress. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.