Strategy of the Confederation for the operation of internet domain names

Domain names for the internet are central to our everyday digital life. In order to enable the Confederation to adequately represent the interests of Switzerland on the global market, the Federal Council has adopted a strategy on 27 February 2013. Attractive domain names should always be sufficiently and reliably available and must be managed transparently.

Internet domain names represent a key infrastructure resource for the information society. The Federal Council supports the on-going development of the use and governance of the internet, including the domain name system at international level, in accordance with liberal, democratic and constitutional principles and through cooperation between public and private stakeholders. In June 2011, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), which is responsible for the administration of the internet addressing system, decided to liberalise the domain name market by introducing new generic top-level internet domains (gTLDs). This means that in future the number of available gTLDs will increase steadily. Against this background, the present strategy lays down the goals and principles for safeguarding the public interests of the Confederation in the operation of internet domain names, as well as the responsibilities for its implementation.

Specialist staff
Last modification 13.02.2014

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