The information society in Switzerland
At the beginning of 2006, the Federal Council adopted its revised "Strategy for an information society in Switzerland" and at the same time mandated the Interdepartmental Information Society Committee (IISC) to co-ordinate the work on implementation, which was to take place in a decentralised manner, until the end of 2008.
The 2009-2011 strategy
At the beginning of December 2008, the Federal Council renewed the IISC's mandate until the end of 2011. The Committee, with the support of the Information Society Coordination Office based within OFCOM, will therefore continue to press ahead with the implementation of the Federal Council's strategy until the end of 2011. The central themes for the duration of the new mandate will include e-Participation, raising the population's awareness of the opportunities and risks of modern information technologies and – as before – digital integration (e-Inclusion).
Implementation of the Federal Council's information society strategy
As in the past two years, the Information Society Coordination Office has collaborated with the management bodies in their implementation of the Federal Council's top-priority tasks in the areas of eHealth and E-Government. Among other things, this has included the "Online services and empowerment" sub-project, aimed at implementing the Swiss eHealth strategy. The Federal Council's tasks relating to eHealth and E-Government have been concluded.
Activities of the Information Society Coordination Office
All the areas of activity of the Coordination Office have revolved around implementing the strategy in cooperation with the management bodies, networking those involved within Switzerland and pursuing similarly themed activities at the national and international level. The Coordination Office was also active in the following areas, among others:
- At the end of its 2008 mandate period, the IISC, on behalf of the Federal Council, arranged for an evaluation of its implementation work relating to the information society strategy. The Coordination Office was responsible for specifying the task and accompanied the two external research institutions which carried out the evaluation in their work.
- The Coordination Office also focused on promoting the integration of everyone into the information society (e-Inclusion). As the secretariat of the "Digital Integration Switzerland" network, founded at the beginning of 2007, the Coordination Office supported network members and their projects and in November 2008 organised a national symposium on "ICT and social integration". In the international arena, the Coordination Office participated in the EU bodies responsible for implementing the e-Inclusion action plan on a European scale and took part in the EU ministerial conference on e-Inclusion in Vienna as part of the Swiss delegation.
The IISC's 2006-2008 report to the Federal Council
For the Interdepartmental Information Society Committee (IISC), the Coordination Office authored a report for the Federal Council's attention which indicates the status of the implementation work on the information society in Switzerland for the period of the 2006-2008 mandate.