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.