Internet domain names

Among other things, domain names make it possible to assign a unique address to every website. These names, such as, are currently used very often, primarily for accessing websites or sending e-mails. Traditional extensions, such as .ch or .com, will be augmented by new top level domain names related to brands or geographic names. In this context, the Confederation has set a strategy which seeks to protect the country’s public interest in relation to the management of domain names. Furthermore, it has acquired the extension .swiss from ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). The registration of .swiss domain names will be possible from autumn 2015.

Net neutrality

Developing the foundations for discussing net neutrality – this was the goal of a Federal Government working group. In its report, published on the website of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM), an overview of net neutrality issues was produced. Various stakeholders and experts contributed to the drafting of the report between October 2013 and October 2014.

Combating cybercrime

Under certain conditions, the ".ch" domain registry is required to block domain names suspected of being used for phishing or the distribution of harmful software.

Criminal responsibility of internet service providers (ISPs)

The applicable law does not always give a clear indication of the criminal responsibility of internet providers. According to the recommendation of an expert commission which was put out for consultation by the Federal Council, such responsibility should be explicitly regulated in the Criminal Code and in the Military Criminal Code. At the end of February 2008, however, the Federal Council decided against new provisions as the existing general regulation of criminal responsibility is sufficient for internet communication issues.

Swiss IGF

The next Swiss IGF will take place on Monday, 28 September 2020. Due to the current situation with regard to COVID-19, the Swiss IGF 2020 will take place as a virtual event.

Last modification 23.05.2016

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