From Local to Global: Technology, Privacy, and Policy for the Digital Economy

The Event

Long known as a “Start Up Nation,” Israel is now set to mature into a “Policy Start Up Nation.” By adopting policies fit for the digital age, Israel will accelerate the export of local technologies and integration of Israeli businesses in global markets and at the same time facilitate domestic deployment of new platforms, technologies and business models. In this workshop, policymakers, academics and industry leaders discuss how Israel can best draw on the strength of its robust centers of excellence in cybersecurity, mobility, medical devices, and more to cement international relationships with global multinationals and government actors and to ensure that businesses operating in and out of Israel and continue to thrive as they grow.

Event Details

Tel Aviv University
Mexico Building(Fastlicht Auditorium)

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  1. Gathering and Registration

  2. Welcome and Introduction

    Jules Polonetsky and Omer Tene, Israel Tech Policy Institute

    Alon Bachar, Head of Privacy Protection Authority (IL)

  3. Keynote 1: The Future of Media in a Digital Economy

    Jeff Jarvis, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (US)

  4. Keynote 2: GDPR and AI: Lessons From Paris and Brussels

    Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, President, CNIL (FR) in conversation with Jules Polonetsky, Israel Tech Policy Institute

  5. Keynote 3: Beyond GDPR: Data Ethics, AI and Algorithmic Decision Making

    Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor (EU)

  6. Taming the Golem: AI and Platform Governance

    With the battle over public opinion shifting from broadcast channels to social media outlets, online platforms have faced a fierce backlash against policies surrounding user generated content, including hate speech, incitement for violence, cyberbullying and revenge porn, and the recent public uproar about “fake news.” In this session, the speakers address the policy challenges of platforms and intermediaries, including issues such as intermediary liability for offensive speech; the role of thoughtful policy development for new media platforms and social networks; and protection of children and teens online.


    Jules Polonetsky, Future of Privacy Forum


    Adam Conner, Harvard Institute of Politics (US)  

    Jordana Cutler, Facebook (IL)

    Paul Nemitz, European Commission (EU)

    Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, The Israel Democracy Institute (IL)

  7. GDPR

    Europe’s far reaching privacy reform, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), has just come into force. What will the impacts be for multinationals and SMEs outside of Europe, including the U.S. and Israel? How will local privacy and cybersecurity regulation be affected? Will GDPR become a de facto global standard or another feature of a heavily regulated economy? In this session, leading experts from the EU, U.S. and Israel debate the policy and practice of privacy post-GDPR.


    Michael Birnhack, Tel Aviv University (IL)


    Jocelyn Aqua, PwC (US)

    Kabir Barday, OneTrust (US)

    Cameron Kerry, Sidley Austin (US)

    Karolina Mojzesowicz, European Commission (EU)

  8. Lunch

  9. Privacy Tech

    Session organized by The Privacy Protection Authority

    Instead of regulating to throttle new data uses and innovation, policymakers are pursuing new ways to enable valuable data uses while maintaining important values such as privacy, fairness and equality. Israeli computer scientists have developed models and tools to protect privacy while maximizing the utility of big data. In addition, a cluster of Israeli companies has introduced new ways to responsibly manage data in organizations while also complying with regulatory regimes such as the GDPR. In this session, organized by the  Privacy Protection Authority, leading computer scientists and engineers discuss the prospects for privacy enhancing technologies and models being used to counter the risks of data intensive government and business activities.


    Gili Basman Reingold, Privacy Protection Authority (IL)


    Audrey Plonk, Intel (US)  

    Yossi Koren, Privacy Rating (IL)

    Gil Perry, D-ID (IL)

    Orly Friedman Marton, Microsoft

    Nimrod Vax, BigID (IL)

  10. Tech Policy Start Up Nation

    How can Israel’s prowess in tech and entrepreneurship be harnessed to drive policies that advance responsible innovation and data use? What does tech regulation and policymaking look like in other parts of the world? How will Israel continue to attract research and development by multinationals while fostering domestic upstarts that are ready to scale into global markets?  


    Amit Ashkenazi, National Cyber Directorate (IL)


    Bruno Gencarelli, European Commission (EU)  

    Avi Licht, Deputy Attorney General (IL)

    Terrell McSweeny, former FTC Commissioner (2014-18) (US)

    Jonathan Mayer, Princeton (US)


  11. The Future of Mobility

    Over the past few years, Israel has emerged as a global hub for a burgeoning industry of connected cars and mobility technologies. Industry reports estimate more than 500 startups operate in this field in Israel. This session will explore paths to shaping a regulatory environment that allows quick roll out of smart communities, including rules and policies to facilitate real life deployment of autonomous vehicles. It will explore opportunities to foster an environment for regulatory innovation in Israel in lockstep with the country’s entrepreneurial energy in the technology and business of smart cars and mobility.


    Lauren Smith, Future of Privacy Forum (US)


    Amir Freund, Otonomo (IL)

    Limor Shmerling Magazanik, Privacy Protection Authority (IL)

    David Hoffman, Intel (US)   

    Henri Kujala, HERE (FI)  

  12. Closing Remarks

    Jules Polonetsky and Omer Tene, Israel Tech Policy Institute


List of all the speakers for this event.

  • Jules Polonetsky

    Co-Founder, Israel Tech Policy Institute

  • Omer Tene

    Co-Founder, Israel Tech Policy Institute

  • Alon Bachar

    Head of Privacy Protection Authority

  • Jeff Jarvis

    CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

  • Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin

    President, CNIL

  • Giovanni Buttarelli

    European Data Protection Supervisor

  • Jordana Cutler


  • Paul Nemitz

    European Commission

  • Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler

    The Israel Democracy Institute

  • Karolina Mojzesowicz

    European Commission

  • Terrell McSweeny

    Former FTC Commissioner

  • Rick Eccheveria


  • Lauren Smith

    Future of Privacy Forum

  • Limor Shmerling Magazanik

    Privacy Protection Authority

  • Adam Conner

    Harvard Institute of Politics

  • Michael Birnhack

    Tel Aviv University

  • Jocelyn Aqua


  • Kabir Barday


  • Amit Ashkenazi

    National Cyber Directorate

  • Avi Licht

    Deputy Attorney General

  • Jonathan Mayer


  • Gili Basman Reingold

    Privacy Protection Authority

  • Yossi Koren

    Privacy Rating

  • Gil Perry


  • Orly Friedman Marton


  • Nimrod Vax


  • Amir Freund


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