Digitalisation at the centre of the Swiss Internet Governance Forum

Biel/Bienne, 06.11.2018 - Issues relating to digital democracy, the structural change in the economy and our digital selves will be at the centre of the discussions at the Swiss IGF 2018, the Swiss Internet Governance Forum. The fourth edition of the Forum will take place on 20 November in Bern. This multilingual event, which is open to all interested persons, aims to extend the dialogue on questions concerning digitalisation in an open and constructive way. The detailed programme is available online and registration is still possible until Monday 12 November.

In Switzerland, the Swiss IGF brings together all interested participants from the administration, the worlds of politics, business and civil society to engage in an egalitarian, interactive dialogue on topical questions concerning digitalisation. The 2018 Swiss IGF event will take place on 20 November in Bern, in Welle 7, near the station. Philipp Metzger, Director of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM), will open the forum. The participants will then discuss artificial intelligence, digital democracy, the digital economy, blocking access to the internet, cybersecurity, regulation of the media, digital health and digital identity. A detailed programme is available on the Swiss IGF website ( At the end of the event, "Messages from Bern", which briefly, concisely and neutrally summarise the main points of the sessions of the Swiss IGF 2018, will be published.

The Swiss IGF will be held in three languages (German, French and English), with simultaneous translation. Participation is open to all and free of charge. Anyone who is interested can register until 12 November on the Swiss IGF website. Remote virtual participation is also possible. Throughout the day, news will be posted using the hashtag #SwissIGF18 on Twitter (@Swiss_IGF) and on Facebook (@SwissIGF).

The Swiss IGF is the national branch of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF), created in 2005, a global process and a framework within which all interested participants agree on the rules to be observed on the internet ("internet governance"). The IGF 2017 took place last December in Geneva. The Swiss IGF has been in existence since 2015 and is held every year. It is led and monitored by a steering committee made up of a dozen volunteers from the worlds of politics, business, science and civil society. The OFCOM currently performs the role of secretariat.

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