New digi­tal stra­te­gy laun­ched by the Federal Council

On April 20, 2016, the Federal Coun­cil adop­ted the new “Digi­tal Switz­er­land” stra­te­gy (Link). It replaces the pre­vious stra­te­gy for an infor­ma­ti­on socie­ty in Switz­er­land from 2012, which only app­lied to the federal government. With the new stra­te­gy, the Federal Coun­cil aims to

[…] con­tri­bu­te to our coun­try bene­fit­ing more from incre­a­sing digi­tiz­a­ti­on and deve­lo­ping even more dyna­mi­cal­ly as an inno­va­ti­ve eco­no­my. The eco­no­my should be able to deve­lop as free­ly as pos­si­ble in the digi­tal space. With a view to an infor­med and demo­cra­tic socie­ty and to safe­guar­ding wel­fa­re, it is also of cen­tral import­ance that the inha­bi­tants of Switz­er­land are able to use modern infor­ma­ti­on and com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on tech­no­lo­gies com­pe­t­ent­ly and secu­re­ly in their dai­ly lives.

First and fore­most, the Federal Coun­cil would like to coor­di­na­te alrea­dy exi­sting acti­vi­ties and expert groups. In addition

  • the Federal Depart­ment of Eco­no­mic Affairs, Edu­ca­ti­on and Rese­arch (EAER) cla­ri­fies the frame­work con­di­ti­ons that are necessa­ry for the Swiss eco­no­my to take advan­ta­ge of the oppor­tu­nities offe­red by digi­tiz­a­ti­on, par­ti­cu­lar­ly in the are­as of com­pe­ti­ti­on law, regu­la­ti­on and the labor market;
  • DETEC is deve­lo­ping an over­view of access, hand­ling and secu­ri­ty of data in the Confederation;
  • the federal admi­ni­stra­ti­on is the­re­fo­re see­king coor­di­na­ted exchan­ge with the EU in this area.

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