Research Fellow

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is seeking to hire a Research Fellow to act as co-researcher in a project led by the Israel Tech Policy Institute, an FPF affiliate based in Tel-Aviv, Israel. The project will explore ethical challenges in the digital transformation of government welfare and social services.

Project Overview:

In today’s digital economy, organizations may collect individuals’ personal data from the internet and make inferences about them. The data may be used in systems that employ algorithmic analysis and decision making. These capabilities create benefits including improving social services, enhancing efficiencies and even saving lives. At the same time, they also create risks and potential harms to individual rights, including the right to privacy. These risks are particularly pronounced in the welfare and social services sectors where vulnerable populations interact with the state. 

Furthermore, social workers, psychologists and other professionals in personal counseling services are subject to professional ethical codes that limit their ability  to deploy data. How can these professionals benefit from enhanced data capabilities without sacrificing their professional responsibility? This project will map potential risks and unintended consequences and suggest possible solutions.

The Project includes: 

  • Literary review
  • Interview with Ministry of Welfare and Social Services staff
  • Stakeholder consultation
  • Analysis of test cases
  • Recommendations

The report will be submitted in Hebrew.

All communications will be conducted in Hebrew.

The literary review requires reviewing papers in English and presenting them orally and in writing in Hebrew.

Key responsibilities for this project are expected to include: 

  • Working with the Managing Director of ITPI
  • Undertaking independent research, analysis, and writing on ethical, legal, and policy issues presented by emerging technologies
  • Leading collaboration with stakeholders
  • Organizing events and meetings with stakeholders, both in person and virtual.

Terms:

The terms of the agreement will be determined with the candidate that will be chosen. 

The researcher will be contracted by FPF and start working immediately. The researcher is expected to work remotely and be available for meetings in Israel. 

Qualifications:

  • P.H.D, J.D. or Master’s degree in Law, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Ethics or Bio-Ethics
  • Proven experience in producing and writing papers in tech policy, law and technology
  • A good understanding of technology (highly desired)
  • Specific knowledge of ethical questions and related ethics codes (desirable)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Hebrew and English
  • Excellent presentation abilities
  • Interest in emerging trends in technology and implications for users and society
  • Demonstrated project planning, research, and organizational skills

To apply please send the following to [email protected] until 10 November 19

  • Resume
  • List of relevant publications by the candidate
  •  Example of academic research papers or public policy papers the candidate has written in relevant topics
  •  Contact details of 2 relevant people who are willing to attest to the candidate’s abilities

This work is funded and facilitated by The Israeli Ministry of Welfare and Social Services, the National Digital Israel Initiative in the Ministry of Social Equality and the JDC Israel Institute for Leadership and Governance.