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 2020
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. 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). The las IGF was held from 25-29 November 2019 in Berlin with the participation of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal Councilor Ignazio Cassis.
Since 2006 some 100 regional and national forums have spontaneously formed. The largest regional forum is the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG). The Swiss IGF was formed in 2015 and in principle 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 has the patronage.
Last modification 19.08.2020