Programm Swiss IGF 2022, hybrid
Programm in format PDF (status of 31 May 2022)
The sessions will be streamed on the Swiss IGF website at www.igf.swiss/live on the day of the conference.
With Bernard Maissen, Director of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM)
The plenary discusses the need for regulation and the regulatory options for artificial intelligence (AI) in Switzerland. The European Union has already come forward with the proposal for a regulation on AI (AU AI Act). Against the background of technical and legal developments, the question arises as to whether there is also a need for action in Switzerland. In recent months, several – partly different – regulatory approaches have been presented. Three of them will be presented in the context of input papers. These and other approaches will be discussed together with experts from politics, administration, business and civil society.Input: Roger Dubach (FDFA), Stephanie Volz (ITSL, Universität Zürich), David Sommer (Digitale Gesellschaft)
Digital platforms are emerging as the preferred business model in more and more areas. If a dominant position develops, e.g. due to network effects, questions quickly arise about negative effects, from market distortion to the question of the platforms’ responsibility and their role in opinion formation. Globally, and especially at the European level, platform regulation is fiercly debated. What do the European regulatory projects Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act mean for media policy and competition policy in Switzerland, and what need for action and room for manoeuvre does this create for Switzerland?
Input: Angela Müller (AlgorithmWatch Schweiz), Franziska Oehmer-Pedrazzi (University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons), Maximilian Schubert (Facebook)
Moderation: Thomas Häussler (OFCOM), Riccardo Ramacci (Stiftung Mercator Schweiz)
Coordination: Nicolas Zahn (Swiss Digital Initiative), Riccardo Ramacci (Stiftung Mercator Schweiz), Philippe Rocheray (SECO), Thomas Häussler (OFCOM)
Lunch at Welle 7
Open discussion on the roles and tasks in the Swiss IGF process, on the essential features of the IGF sessions, on the positioning of the Swiss IGF within the UN IGF process and on safeguarding the multistakeholder approach.
Input and moderation: Jacques Beglinger +Livia Walpen (Swiss IGF Co-Secretariat)
The rising energy demand required for the digital society and economy is one of the major challenges in the quest for greater sustainability. According to estimates, the ICT sector accounted for up to 7 percent of global electricity consumption in 2020, and the trend is rising. The spread of digital currencies in particular is also accelerating energy consumption. At the same time, digitization offers opportunities in terms of efficiency gains that can partially offset emissions – but the question is whether these effects are sufficient in view of climate change.
Input: Matthias Galus (Bundesamt für Energie), Julie Chenadec (Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance), Fabienne Biedermann (Solafrica)
Moderation: Flurina Wäspi
Coordination: Flurina Wäspi (Bern University of Applied Sciences), Philippe Lionnet (Seco), Fabio Monnet (Fabio Monnet)
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, the reach and scope of potential cyber-attackers is growing. In addition, the increasing complexity, vulnerabilities or unpredictability of our entire ICT structure is itself a threat. At the same time, the know-how to manage cyber security is becoming increasingly difficult and inaccessible to most people. How can we improve our resilience to cyber threats? How do we manage these risks? As things stand, what is absorbing the damage and how does this affect our future challenges?
Input: Pierre Maudet (WISeKey), Daniel Caduff (BWL), Levente Dobszay (InfoGuard), Yuliya Morenets (TaC – Together against Cybercrime), Dario Haux (Universität Basel)
Moderator: Nicolas Zahn (Swiss Digital Initiative)
Coordination: Daniel Caduff (FONES), Levente Dobszay (InfoGuard)
In the race to digitise, digital participation is taking centre stage. Faced with the promises that such approaches hold – a rapprochement between the political elites and their citizens, a free speech, a strengthened democracy, a society that is once again united around common projects – some Swiss municipalities have set up innovative tools. But what conditions must be met upstream, particularly in terms of digital skills, to ensure that these initiatives do not become a new space for exchange reserved for a certain population, comfortable with digital tools and already familiar with this very contemporary culture? Next to these questions, we will also discuss the “Data Literacy Journey” project currently in the works by Opendata.ch: a resource that is aiming to introduce the many facets of data literacy in an accessible, clear and entertaining way.
Input: Julie Erard (Head of project Budget participatif, City of Lausanne), Martina Jäggi und Thomas Werner (Bibliothek 4.0 Winterthur, Bibliotheken Winterthur), Nikki Böhler (Geschäftsführerin Opendata.ch)
Moderation: Jasmin Odermatt, Amélie Vallotton Preisig
In order to enable more needs-oriented and efficient services in important areas such as health, mobility, energy, education, finance, etc., the potential of data and its use should be better harnessed also in Switzerland. At the same time, the growing platformisation and use of data is fueling fears among individuals and companies of losing control over their own data. Throughout Europe and beyond, the issue of “digital sovereignty” is being discussed. Also in Switzerland: On 30 March, the Federal Council adopted measures to promote trusted data spaces and “digital self-determination”. How can we make better use of the data potential, what hurdles must be overcome and how can we strengthen our “digital sovereignty” and “digital self-determination”?
The “Messages from Berne” summarise the main points of the sessions at the Swiss IGF 2022 in a short, concise and neutral way. They will then be submitted to the global UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) to feed into the discussions in these forums.