Swiss Internet Governance Forum

Tuesday, 24. May 2016
08:30 - 17:00
Kornhausstrasse 3, Berne

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The Swiss Internet Governance Forum (IGF) aims to enable Swiss players from various stakeholder groups to interactively discuss among themselves topical questions concerning the governance of the internet. To attend, please register here.



08:30 – 09:00 Registration and coffee
09:00 – 09:15 Welcome and opening address, Philipp Metzger, OFCOM Director GeneralBrief introduction
09:15 – 10:30 Plenum 1What sort of data policy does Switzerland need?

Open and Big Data are hot topics in Switzerland as in the rest of the world. Data of the most diverse kinds is considered as “the raw material of the information age” and is therefore in great demand.

However, misuse and interlinking of personal data are being confronted; self-determination and data sovereignty are demands which are being made more and more frequently. Can Switzerland develop a data policy which suits all stakeholder groups and which meets all requirements in terms of access, use, security and control?

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Plenum 2Blocking – an effective instrument or short-sighted activism?

Blocking is being increasingly demanded to combat a multitude of misuse; against banned pornography, gambling, phishing, malware, spam through to infringements of copyright. For some, such blocking is the beginning of the end of information freedom – others see it as a necessary and expedient means of enforcing the law on the internet and providing protection. Where do the responsibilities lie – with the authorities, ISPs or users? Who decides, who controls, what level of transparency – and what options do users have to contest blocking?

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break (buffet lunch)
13:30 – 15:00 Parallel workshop 1Data infrastructure in Switzerland. Data is a resource which plays a crucial role for innovation and growth. What does this mean for Switzerland? Parallel workshop 2Topic .swiss – Update after its 1st year.


Parallel workshop 3Internet archives for future research on Switzerland. Challenges, inventories and costs?
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:00 Plenum 3Amending Swiss copyright law

Does the continuing debate on amending Swiss copyright law meet the complex requirements of the digital age? Or is it still a case of “old wine in new bottles”? How can interests be fairly reconciled?

17:00 – 17:30 Wrap-up / Summary/ What next? – Message to the global IGF



Format and organisation:

  • No panels (split between experts and audience) in the usual form; this format was well received in 2015,
  • All sessions will be led and animated by co-moderators (with wireless microphones),
  • Input statements (approximately 5 min.) by invited and briefed experts will be presented to the hall as an introduction to the respective topic,
  • Experienced co-moderators are responsible for ensuring that an interactive debate takes place as early as possible,
  • Written statements (including longer ones) by experts can be brought in, photocopied and distributed in advance (this would also be useful for interpreters),
  • Additional materials can be presented on an information table in the foyer (additional background information, flyers, etc.).

As last year, the Swiss IGF 2016 will be held in three languages – German, French and English – with simultaneous translation (except for workshops).