Public debates about the internet and digitalisation at the next Swiss IGF

Biel/Bienne, 19.05.2022 - Artificial intelligence, the power of platforms, sustainable digitalisation, cybersecurity, digital participation and the outlook for a data-based society and economy will be the focus of this year's Swiss Internet Governance Forum (Swiss IGF). The seventh Swiss IGF will take place in hybrid format on 2 June 2022, in Bern and online.

The topics for this year's Swiss IGF were sought and compiled through a public call for issues. They represent a kind of 'digital concerns barometer' and indicate which challenges in regard to digitalisation and the internet are of most concern to Switzerland and therefore warrant a public discussion. This year, the issues addressed are the increased use of artificial intelligence, the power of platforms in society and the economy, making digitalisation more sustainable, cybersecurity, digital participation as well as the use of data for social and economic innovation in the face of digital sovereignty. At the end of the event, the main findings from the discussions will be adopted as the 'Messages from Bern' and forwarded to the global and European IGF. Bernard Maissen, Director of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM), will open the forum. 

Organised under the patronage of OFCOM, the Swiss IGF brings together all interested stakeholders from public administration, the political, business and science communities as well as civil society to discuss tangible ways to address the challenges and exploit the opportunities raised by digitalisation and the internet. The Swiss IGF is an offshoot of the UN Internet Governance Forum, which was created to discuss global rules for the internet and the digital space.

Organisational information:
Participation in the Swiss IGF is open to all and free of charge. All participants can take part in the discussions as equal partners, whether in person in Bern or virtually. The Swiss IGF will be held in the three languages German, French and English with simultaneous interpretation. All those interested in taking part, virtually or on site, should register by 26 May at, where programme details are also available. Throughout the event, news will be posted on Twitter (@Swiss_IGF) and Facebook (@SwissIGF) using the hashtag #SwissIGF22.

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