Swiss Internet Governance Forum

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The Swiss Internet Governance Forum (Swiss IGF) brings together all stakeholder groups from the worlds of politics, the administration, business, science and civil society in Switzerland in order to exchange views in an open, equal and interactive dialogue regarding the hot topics of digitalisation – e.g. cyber security, the data economy, "fake news", artificial intelligence, human rights online or net neutrality. In this way, the Swiss IGF seeks to contribute to the open development of the internet for the benefit of all.

The Swiss IGF 2018

The next Swiss IGF will take place on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 in the Welle7 centre in Bern. Participation at the IGF is open to all and is free of charge. The programme of the Swiss IGF is generated via a “Call for Issues”. The programme and the topics for discussion are not determined by the organisers but by all interested parties in a participatory bottom-up process. Up-to-date information can be found at www.igf.swiss.

The national offshoot of the global process

The Swiss IGF is the national offshoot of the UN Internet Governance Forum, the global process in which all stakeholder groups agree on defining the rules of the internet (“Internet Governance”). The global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was established in 2005 by the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). IGF 2017 was held last December in Geneva. IGF 2018 will take place from 12-14 November 2018 in Paris.

Since 2006 some 80 regional and national forums have spontaneously formed. The largest regional forum is the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG), the next meeting of which will take place from 18-20 June 2019 in The Hague (NL). The Swiss IGF was formed in 2015 and meets annually. Participation and active cooperation in all IGF processes is open to all interested persons.

The role of OFCOM

The Swiss IGF is led and monitored by a steering group which consists of around a dozen volunteers from the worlds of politics, the administration, business, science and civil society. The Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) is part of the steering group and currently provides the role of secretariat for the Swiss IGF. 

Last modification 29.10.2018

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