Privacy, Security and Competition in a Digital Economy


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The Event

Over the past decades, technology companies have created immense economic value through advances in computing and communications, the Internet and mobile, connected devices and the Internet of Things.

These innovations have revolutionized industry sectors ranging from telecoms and media to healthcare, finance, transportation and retail, generating unique benefits for individuals as well as for companies, governments and society at large.

Yet with critics warning about the growth of tech companies to unprecedented size, policymakers have begun to consider the effect of new platforms and business models on competition, the economy, politics and speech.

This debate enriches the already robust discussion about the implications of data-rich technologies for privacy and security. In this session, policymakers, industry leaders and academics discuss the effects of the digital economy on privacy, security, and competition.

They assess ways to regulate tech innovators to protect the rights of individuals and new upstarts without sacrificing progress and economic growth.

Event Details

Tel Aviv University
Senate Building(Jaglom Auditorium)

Tel Aviv University Israel

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  1. Gathering & Registration

  2. Welcome & Introduction

    Limor Shmerling Magazanik, Managing Director, Israel Tech Policy Institute

  3. Keynote Lectures

    Helen Dixon , Commissioner , Data Protection Commission

    Rohit Chopra , Federal Trade Commissioner



  4. Privacy, Competition & Regulation of Data Markets Panel

    Moderator – Omer Tene , Chief Knowledge Officer, International Association of Privacy Professionals; Co-Founder, Israel Tech Policy Institute

    Julie Brill, Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Global Privacy & Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft

    Rohit Chopra, Federal Trade Commissioner

    Michal Halperin, Director General, Israel Competition Authority

    Dr. Tehila Shwartz Altshuler, Senior Fellow, Head of the Media Reform Program and Democracy in the Information Age Program, The Israel Democracy Institute

    Once heralded as engines for innovation and for disruption of entrenched traditional industries, global tech leaders have become a target of intense scrutiny for regulators of competition and privacy in the US, EU and beyond.

    Business models premised on data flows that fuel mostly free services are now being scrutinized under data protection and competition law.

    Should privacy and data protection concerns drive analysis of markets and power under antitrust law? How does leveraging data for business growth and consumer services impact competition analysis?

    In this session, antitrust and privacy regulators, industry and civil society discuss the role for data protection in competition and paths for future regulation of the digital economy. 

  5. Coffee Break

  6. AI, Open Data & Privacy – Keynote Lecture

    Julie Brill, Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Global Privacy & Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft

  7. AI, Open Data & Privacy Panel

    Moderator – Jules Polonetsky, CEO, Future of Privacy Forum; Co-Founder, Israel Tech Policy Institute

    Ely Calderon, Adv, Head of Enforcement dept. , Israeli Privacy Protection Authority

    Helen Dixon, Commissioner, Data Protection Commission

    David A. Hoffman, Associate General Counsel and Global Privacy Officer, Intel Corporation

    Shahar Bracha, Director of Strategy and Planning Division , Government ICT Authority

    Orly Friedman Marton, Head of Legal and Corporate Affaires, Microsoft

    Driven by big data algorithms and machine learning analyses, artificial intelligence has matured over the past decade from science fiction to reality, being deployed in areas ranging from precision medicine to autonomous vehicles to cybersecurity and military applications. AI innovation depends on data collection, modeling, and use, applying pressure on organizations in the public and private sectors to open data coffers for access to researchers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. How can governments ensure responsible use of individuals’ data for the public good? How can organizations mitigate privacy concerns while not obstructing research and innovation? What is the right balance between compelling, sometimes competing interests for technological progress and individual rights? In this session, the government, private sector, and regulatory officials discuss AI, open data and privacy. 

  8. Fireside Chat

    Moderator – Jules Polonetsky, CEO, Future of Privacy Forum; Co-Founder, Israel Tech Policy Institute

    Steve Satterfield, Director, Privacy & Public Policy, Facebook


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