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Sustaining Ethics while undergoing a Digital transformation

For the researchers of AMMACHI Labs and CWEGE to be exposed to the high caliber of research and work that Limor Shmerling Magazanik has done, and to gain insights into the research process through her experiences. Additionally, any potential collaboration that comes out of these interactions is welcomed.

  • Participants: AMMACHI Labs & CWEGE Research Staff & Scholars
  • Number of Participants: 37
Biography of Speaker

Limor Shmerling Magazanik is the Managing Director of the Israel Tech Policy Institute. In this role, Limor provides leadership of ITPI, including directing ITPI’s policy agenda; Limor engages policymakers, regulators, academics, and business leaders and convenes multi stakeholder groups for discussion, on Innovation and social goals in areas such as AI, Data Governance, Cybersecurity, Digital Health, E-Government, Fintech, Smart Cities and Smart Mobility. She is a member of the OECD Data Governance Expert Group and initiated the founding of the Privacy Tech Alliance. Limor comes to ITPI after a decade with the Israel Privacy Protection Authority, as Director of Strategic Alliances and as Director of Licensing & Inspection. She was responsible for administrative enforcement of data protection law over all private sector and public sector entities in Israel and for the enforcement of the Digital Signature law and the Credit Data law. She also represented the authority in international and national enforcement collaborations and testified before parliament committees. She took part in legislation processes from inception to ratification and execution. She founded the Data Protection Forum in the Israeli public administration. She was a founding member of the Government Cloud Computing Committee, a member of the Oversight Committee over the Smart ID and Biometric Identification project, a member of the Investigating Committee: Promoting Competition in the Financial Sector, and a member of the advisory board to the Credit Data Bureaus Supervisor at the Central Bank of Israel. Prior to that Limor was advisor and Legal Secretary to the Council for Cable & Satellite Broadcasting at the Ministry of Communications. Her previous roles include practicing corporate and commercial law, product management in the high-tech industry and a judicial clerkship. She was also an adjunct lecturer at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law and the IDC Herzliya School of Law, and is a frequent public speaker in academic and business conferences. She earned a bachelor’s in Law, a Master’s in Literature focused on Women and Gender and a Master’s in Public Law, all from Tel Aviv University and is a certified lawyer and a certified privacy professional (CIPP/E, CIPP/US, CIPM). In 2018 Limor was chosen by Forbes magazine as one of the world’s top 50 women in tech.

Discussion Points of Talk

Limor Shmerling Magazanik talked about technology and social questions and she said to look at how we sustain ethics and ethical norms while undergoing a digital transformation because this is definitely the place that the process we are in the midst of so we are going through a digital transformation in many areas and sectors of our lives and this has accelerated during the last year of covid in many places in order to give a solution to social distancing requirements. Topics discussed include:

Sustaining – What needed to tackle this issues is

  • Getting the benefits while minimizing negative consequences
  • Not a Zero Sum game
  • Requires thoughtful and diligent process and decision making


  • Talking about ethics we mean an array of human rights or morals or values that we aspire to have, guiding our social behaviors and interactions and the acts of our government.
    • Some are laws and regulations
    • Some codes of Ethics
    • Some are Professional Standards
  • Talked about human rights and the liberties and the values that are entered into these types of moral codes mentioned above and we can address the right to life, dignity, Personal Safety, Right to property, Autonomy, equality, Privacy, non-discrimination, no stereotyping, transparency, explainability, equal opportunity, livelihood, freedom of movement, political rights

Digital transformation

  • Digitizing Existing Processes
  • Digital Disruption

Public Service Models; Elements of New Public Governance; Duties of Public Agencies. The final topic was about the benefits and challenges of ADM in welfare services.


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