The Swiss IGF is open to all interested parties and is free of charge – there are no barriers to entry.
The topics to be discussed are selected in a participatory bottom-up process – no topics are off the agenda.
The Swiss IGF incorporates all stakeholders as equal partners in the discussions.
The Swiss IGF brings together all stakeholder groups from politics, state administration, business, the scientific community and civil society in Switzerland in order to exchange ideas in an open, equitable and interactive dialogue on the hot topics of digitisation – e.g. cybersecurity, the data economy, fake news, artificial intelligence, human rights online and net neutrality. The Swiss IGF therefore seeks to contribute to the open development of the Internet for the benefit of all.
The Swiss IGF is the national spin-off from the global process of the UN Internet Governance Forum, in which all stakeholders agree on the definition of the rules of the Internet (Internet Governance). The global Internet Governance Forum was created in 2005 at the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Since then, numerous regional and national forums have spontaneously formed. The Swiss IGF was formed in 2015 and is held annually. It is lead and monitored by a steering committee consisting of around a dozen volunteers from politics, business, the scientific community and civil society. The Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) is currently performing the role of secretariat.
Participate in an open, equitable and interactive dialogue on the hot topics of digitisation!
Participation is open to all and free of charge.
Registration Deadline: November 12, 2018. The number of places is limited.
Virtual participation is possible via Skype using this link.
Register for the Swiss IGF
• No panels (division into experts and audience) in the usual form;
• Input statements (approx. 5 min.) from invited and briefed experts as an introduction to the respective topic;
• Sessions are led by moderators, who ensure an interactive debate as early as possible.
All sessions - with the exception of the parallel workshops - are conducted in the three languages German, French and English with simultaneous interpreting.
The topics («issues») to be discussed at the Swiss IGF are not determined by the organizers top-down, but in a participatory bottom-up process by all interested participants. In a public call for issues that lasted from June to August, over 50 issues in relation to digitisation were proposed as discussion topics.
All proposed issues can be viewed here.